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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Erne

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  1. Bulky greyish-brown eagle with a short wedge-shaped white tail; of Europe and Greenland

From Middle English ern, erne, earn, from Old English earn (“eagle”), from Proto-Germanic *arô (“eagle”), from Proto-Indo-European *h₃érō (“large bird, eagle”). Cognate with Dutch and Low German arend (“eagle”), Norwegian and Danish ørn (“eagle”), Swedish örn (“eagle”), German Aar (“eagle”), Ancient Greek ὄρνεον (órneon), ὄρνις (órnis, “bird”).

  1. (chiefly poetic, dialectal, sciences) An eagle.
    The bald
  2. An eagle with a distinctive white tail; specifically, the white-tailed eagle (Haliaeetus albicilla).

erne was also found in the following language(s): Basque

Notable Persons With the Last Name Erne

John was born on October 16th, 1839. He breathed his last breath on December 2nd, 1914.


John was born on July 30th, 1802. He passed away on October 3rd, 1885.


John was born on November 22nd, 1907. He passed away on May 23rd, 1940.


John was born in 1731. He passed away on December 15th, 1828.


Abraham was born in 1762. He passed away in 1848.


Abraham was born in 1703. He passed away on June 10th, 1772.


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Popularity of Erne as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Erne U.S.
  White 91.62% 64.26%
  African American 4.38% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 1.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Erne

People with the last name Erne are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Erne

  • How Popular is the name Erne? As a last name Erne was the 41,426th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Erne first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Erne is Saturday, November 27th, 1880.
  • How unique is the name Erne? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Erne. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Erne: Your name in reverse order is Enre. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Nree. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Erne? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 525 people with the last name Erne.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Erne? Chances are, most people haven't met someone with Erne as their last name since less than 1 person in 556k people have that last name. If you know one, consider yourself lucky!

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