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Earnest

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 88 0 88
1881 92 0 92
1882 104 0 104
1883 87 0 87
1884 109 0 109
1885 120 0 120
1886 105 0 105
1887 99 0 99
1888 138 0 138
1889 101 0 101
1890 122 0 122
1891 114 0 114
1892 149 0 149
1893 132 0 132
1894 131 0 131
1895 143 0 143
1896 144 0 144
1897 148 0 148
1898 166 5 161
1899 146 0 146
1900 223 0 223
1901 131 0 131
1902 159 0 159
1903 140 0 140
1904 189 0 189
1905 172 0 172
1906 183 0 183
1907 225 0 225
1908 230 0 230
1909 255 0 255
1910 255 0 255
1911 283 0 283
1912 486 0 486
1913 528 7 521
1914 645 7 638
1915 824 0 824
1916 789 9 780
1917 930 7 923
1918 1,092 9 1,083
1919 1,077 13 1,064
1920 1,102 10 1,092
1921 1,143 15 1,128
1922 1,107 19 1,088
1923 1,082 19 1,063
1924 1,158 14 1,144
1925 1,117 15 1,102
1926 1,160 10 1,150
1927 1,077 15 1,062
1928 1,056 14 1,042
1929 1,011 14 997
1930 1,002 11 991
1931 924 12 912
1932 888 13 875
1933 864 8 856
1934 935 13 922
1935 897 16 881
1936 829 14 815
1937 843 10 833
1938 844 17 827
1939 827 18 809
1940 807 12 795
1941 831 19 812
1942 848 11 837
1943 956 18 938
1944 904 9 895
1945 828 20 808
1946 861 11 850
1947 992 12 980
1948 911 11 900
1949 906 18 888
1950 908 18 890
1951 814 11 803
1952 827 13 814
1953 802 17 785
1954 787 17 770
1955 708 10 698
1956 734 12 722
1957 643 12 631
1958 644 12 632
1959 576 14 562
1960 609 17 592
1961 535 11 524
1962 498 0 498
1963 471 5 466
1964 424 7 417
1965 454 12 442
1966 433 10 423
1967 391 10 381
1968 390 0 390
1969 384 5 379
1970 392 9 383
1971 371 8 363
1972 338 5 333
1973 306 0 306
1974 281 0 281
1975 291 6 285
1976 281 0 281
1977 265 0 265
1978 220 0 220
1979 250 5 245
1980 256 5 251
1981 235 0 235
1982 256 0 256
1983 210 0 210
1984 174 0 174
1985 178 0 178
1986 195 0 195
1987 170 0 170
1988 157 0 157
1989 169 0 169
1990 145 0 145
1991 126 0 126
1992 135 0 135
1993 92 0 92
1994 116 0 116
1995 92 0 92
1996 84 0 84
1997 88 0 88
1998 97 0 97
1999 77 0 77
2000 68 0 68
2001 68 0 68
2002 63 0 63
2003 50 0 50
2004 56 0 56
2005 49 0 49
2006 59 0 59
2007 50 0 50
2008 51 0 51
2009 44 0 44
2010 37 0 37
2011 53 0 53
2012 50 0 50
2013 31 0 31
2014 37 0 37
2015 32 0 32

Want to know about the popularity of the Earnest baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 58,841 babies born with the name Earnest in the United States. That's more than enough Earnests to occupy the territory of Greenland (Denmark) with an estimated population of 56,749 (as of January 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 88 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Earnest" was in 1926 with a total of 1,150 babies. (That's a lot of baby Earnests)

According to the 1954 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Earnest" ranks #86 in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alabama. Imagine that, 95 babies in Alabama have the same name as you in 1954. Across the entire United States a total of 787 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Earnest" mean? The list below shows the origins of Earnest as well as things modernly associated with the name Earnest such as celebrities named Earnest.

Origin and Meaning of Earnest

The name "Earnest" is of English origin, and it means "Diligent, Truthful". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Ear"nest
Seriousness; reality; fixed determination; eagerness; intentness.

Etymology: AS. eornost eornest; akin to OHG. ernust, G. ernst; cf. Icel. orrosta battle, perh. akin to Gr. 'orny`nai to excite, L. oriri to rise

adjective Ear"nest
Senses
  1. Ardent in the pursuit of an object; eager to obtain or do; zealous with sincerity; with hearty endeavor; heartfelt; fervent; hearty; -- used in a good sense; as, earnest prayers."An earnest advocate to plead for him." [Shak.]
  2. Intent; fixed closely; as, earnest attention.
  3. Serious; important.(Obs)"They whom earnest lets do often hinder." [Hooker.]
    synonyms: Eager; warm; zealous; ardent; animated; importunate; fervent; sincere; serious; hearty; urgent. See Eager.
verb Ear"nest
To use in earnest.
noun Ear"nest
Senses
  1. Something given, or a part paid beforehand, as a pledge; pledge; handsel; a token of what is to come."Who hath also sealed us, and given the earnest of the Spirit in our hearts." [2 Cor. i. 22.]"And from his coffers Received the golden earnest of our death." [Shak.]
  2. [Law] Something of value given by the buyer to the seller, by way of token or pledge, to bind the bargain and prove the sale.
    synonyms: Earnest Pledge.

Usage: These words are here compared as used in their figurative sense. Earnest is not so strong as pledge. An earnest, like first fruits, gives assurance, or at least a high probability, that more is coming of the same kind; a pledge, like money deposited, affords security and ground of reliance for the future. Washington gave earnest of his talent as commander by saving his troops after Braddock's defeat; his fortitude and that of his soldiers during the winter at Valley Forge might rightly be considered a pledge of their ultimate triumph.

Etymology: Prob. corrupted fr. F. arrhes, L. arra arrha arrhabo, Gr. 'arrabw`n, of Semitic origin, cf. Heb. ērāvōn; or perh. fr. W. ernes, akin to Gael. earlas, perh. fr. L. arra. Cf. Arles Earles penny

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Something of value given by one person to another to bind a contract
  2. Not distracted by anything unrelated to the goal
  3. Characterized by a firm and humorless belief in the validity of your opinions ("both sides were deeply in earnest, even passionate")
  4. Sincerely earnest

Other Inspirations for the Name Earnest

Earnest Byner
Earnest Definition
Earnest Eats
Earnest Student Loans
Earnest Money
Earnest Pugh

Alternative Meanings

E is for endear, all those you touch.

A is for activities, for you have many.

R is for righteous, you know when you're right.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

E is for excite, your spirit is catching!

S is for superb, a great attitude about life.

T is for touching, the way you show you are.

Your name in reverse order is "Tsenrae". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Neasrte". How do you pronounce that?

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Past life for Earnest born Feb 5, 1922

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Greece approximately on 1875. Your profession was teacher, mathematician, and geologist.

You were always involved with all new things. You have always loved changes, especially in art, music, cooking. The world is full of ill and lonely people. You should help those, who are less fortunate than you are.

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