Ernest

First Name
302k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Origin and Meaning of Ernest

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

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Er"nest
See Earnest.
Wiktionary

Borrowed in the 18th century from Ernst, a medieval royal name in Germany, from Old High German ernust "vigor, strife", only remotely related to modern German ernst or English earnest.

  1. A male given name; popular in the 19th century.

Ernest was also found in the following language(s): Catalan, French, Norman, and Slovak

Notable Persons Named Ernest

Ernest Hemingway was a writer. He holds the title 1954. Ernest was given the name Ernest Miller Hemingway on July 21st, 1899 in Oak Park, Illinois, United States. He passed away on July 2nd, 1961.

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Ernest Borgnine was an actor, voice acting, and voice actor. He was most prominent from 1947 to 2012. Ernest was given the name Ermes Effron Borgnino on January 24th, 1917 in Hamden, Connecticut, U.S. He left this life on July 8th, 2012.

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Ernie Hudson is an actor, playwright, and producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1976 to present. Ernie was given the name Ernest Lee Hudson on December 17th, 1945.

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Chubby Checker is a rock, roll, rhythm, and blues singer-songwriter. He plays Vocals. His ongoing career started in 1959. Chubby was given the name Ernest Evans on October 3rd, 1941 in Spring Gully, South Carolina.

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Gary Gygax was a role-playing games, fantasy, wargames, role-playing game, and wargaming writer, game designer, and game design. His most notable accomplishments were from 1971 to 2008. Gary was given the name Ernest Gary Gygax on July 27th, 1938 in Chicago, Illinois, United States. He passed away on March 4th, 2008.

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Fredric March was an actor. His career lasted from 1921 to 1973. Fredric was given the name Ernest Frederick McIntyre Bickel on August 31st, 1897 in Racine, Wisconsin. He breathed his last breath on April 14th, 1975.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Ernest

Justin Ernest is a football player. Justin was born on December 17th, 1972.

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Ernest was a noble. He holds the title Duke of Austria and Duchy of Austria. Ernest was born as the child of Leopold III, Duke of Austria, and Viridis Visconti in Bruck an der Mur. He died on June 10th, 1424.

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He was most active from 1901 to 1918. William was born as the child of Charles Augustus, Hereditary Grand Duke of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach (1844–1894), and Princess Pauline of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach on June 10th, 1876 in Weimar. He left this life on April 24th, 1923.

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He holds the title Prince of Anhalt. Joachim was born as the child of John V, Prince of Anhalt-Zerbst, Margaret of Brandenburg, and Duchess of Pomerania on October 21st, 1536 in Dessau. He breathed his last breath on December 6th, 1586.

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Archduke Ernest was royalty. Archduke was born as the child of Maximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor, Maria of Austria, and Holy Roman Empress on June 15th, 1553 in Vienna. He died on February 20th, 1595.

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John was born on May 6th, 1922 in Philadelphia. He passed away on July 21st, 1994.

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How popular is the baby name Ernest in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 615 0 615 #26 boy name
1881 571 0 571 #25 boy name
1882 642 0 642 #27 boy name
1883 641 0 641 #23 boy name
1884 690 0 690 #25 boy name
1885 718 0 718 #21 boy name
1886 673 5 668 #25 boy name
1887 660 7 653 #23 boy name
1888 772 6 766 #27 boy name
1889 745 9 736 #23 boy name
1890 774 0 774 #22 boy name
1891 715 0 715 #22 boy name
1892 819 14 805 #26 boy name
1893 801 5 796 #23 boy name
1894 821 0 821 #24 boy name
1895 845 11 834 #24 boy name
1896 764 0 764 #29 boy name
1897 785 0 785 #27 boy name
1898 846 7 839 #28 boy name
1899 749 5 744 #28 boy name
1900 1,017 5 1,012 #30 boy name
1901 700 9 691 #28 boy name
1902 796 6 790 #29 boy name
1903 764 0 764 #30 boy name
1904 758 9 749 #32 boy name
1905 853 8 845 #31 boy name
1906 943 0 943 #28 boy name
1907 987 9 978 #30 boy name
1908 1,005 5 1,000 #31 boy name
1909 892 7 885 #34 boy name
1910 1,172 5 1,167 #31 boy name
1911 1,349 11 1,338 #32 boy name
1912 2,578 9 2,569 #32 boy name
1913 2,951 11 2,940 #34 boy name
1914 3,649 18 3,631 #38 boy name
1915 4,810 23 4,787 #35 boy name
1916 4,850 27 4,823 #36 boy name
1917 5,070 15 5,055 #37 boy name
1918 5,559 32 5,527 #37 boy name
1919 5,321 25 5,296 #36 boy name
1920 5,603 35 5,568 #37 boy name
1921 5,722 26 5,696 #38 boy name
1922 5,536 34 5,502 #37 boy name
1923 5,399 28 5,371 #38 boy name
1924 5,725 39 5,686 #37 boy name
1925 5,537 45 5,492 #37 boy name
1926 5,477 37 5,440 #37 boy name
1927 5,256 51 5,205 #41 boy name
1928 4,987 46 4,941 #43 boy name
1929 4,790 39 4,751 #43 boy name
1930 4,818 34 4,784 #43 boy name
1931 4,331 34 4,297 #47 boy name
1932 4,197 35 4,162 #47 boy name
1933 3,706 33 3,673 #50 boy name
1934 3,878 27 3,851 #51 boy name
1935 3,715 21 3,694 #56 boy name
1936 3,744 30 3,714 #56 boy name
1937 3,772 15 3,757 #53 boy name
1938 3,741 34 3,707 #55 boy name
1939 3,705 18 3,687 #55 boy name
1940 3,716 21 3,695 #58 boy name
1941 3,745 21 3,724 #61 boy name
1942 4,102 25 4,077 #61 boy name
1943 4,196 25 4,171 #61 boy name
1944 4,074 30 4,044 #59 boy name
1945 4,026 22 4,004 #60 boy name
1946 4,408 13 4,395 #71 boy name
1947 4,800 15 4,785 #75 boy name
1948 4,532 20 4,512 #76 boy name
1949 4,376 31 4,345 #76 boy name
1950 4,326 19 4,307 #81 boy name
1951 4,401 16 4,385 #83 boy name
1952 4,138 23 4,115 #87 boy name
1953 4,110 14 4,096 #87 boy name
1954 4,215 16 4,199 #87 boy name
1955 3,993 15 3,978 #90 boy name
1956 3,975 28 3,947 #94 boy name
1957 3,800 18 3,782
1958 3,541 24 3,517
1959 3,355 22 3,333
1960 3,213 24 3,189
1961 3,121 27 3,094
1962 2,876 24 2,852
1963 2,926 20 2,906
1964 2,843 24 2,819
1965 2,597 22 2,575
1966 2,515 8 2,507
1967 2,369 21 2,348
1968 2,257 12 2,245
1969 2,381 21 2,360
1970 2,326 19 2,307
1971 2,122 21 2,101
1972 1,785 16 1,769
1973 1,688 11 1,677
1974 1,657 15 1,642
1975 1,528 14 1,514
1976 1,505 16 1,489
1977 1,501 16 1,485
1978 1,387 7 1,380
1979 1,419 18 1,401
1980 1,386 17 1,369
1981 1,314 9 1,305
1982 1,254 14 1,240
1983 1,202 11 1,191
1984 1,159 11 1,148
1985 1,080 9 1,071
1986 1,017 10 1,007
1987 954 7 947
1988 1,011 9 1,002
1989 965 10 955
1990 920 0 920
1991 861 10 851
1992 721 0 721
1993 644 0 644
1994 591 0 591
1995 491 0 491
1996 517 0 517
1997 480 0 480
1998 450 0 450
1999 387 0 387
2000 439 0 439
2001 356 0 356
2002 352 0 352
2003 359 0 359
2004 367 0 367
2005 333 0 333
2006 296 0 296
2007 289 0 289
2008 276 0 276
2009 251 0 251
2010 218 0 218
2011 251 0 251
2012 223 0 223
2013 216 0 216
2014 247 0 247
2015 216 0 216
2016 208 0 208

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Popularity of Ernest as a first name

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Popularity of Ernest as a last name

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Common last names for Ernest

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Moore
  • Thompson
  • Jackson
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • Harris
  • Clark
  • Hall
  • Nelson

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ernest U.S.
  White 76.80% 64.26%
  African American 16.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 2.23% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.32% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.83% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.82% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ernest

People with the last name Ernest are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Ernest

  • How Popular is the name Ernest? Ernest is the 236th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ernest was the 7,053rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ernest have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 302,455 babies born with the first name Ernest in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ernest to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ernest? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 615 new born babies.
  • When was Ernest first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ernest is Saturday, January 2nd, 1864.
  • What year had the most people named Ernest born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ernest was in 1921 with a total of 5,696 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ernest!
  • Random Ernest Factoid: According to the 1921 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ernest ranks 26th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Rhode Island. Imagine that, 56 babies in Rhode Island have the same name as you in 1921.
  • Weird things about the name Ernest: Your name in reverse order is Tsenre. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Tenser. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ernest? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 4,745 people with the last name Ernest.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ernest? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 2 of them will have Ernest as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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