Ernest - boys name

Ernest name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 94%

Ernest name meaning:

The name Ernest is of German origin and has a rich history and meaning behind it. The name Ernest is derived from the Germanic word "ernust," which means "serious" or "earnest." It conveys qualities such as sincerity, honesty, and a strong sense of responsibility. Individuals with this name are often seen as trustworthy and dependable.

Ernest is a name that has been popular across different cultures and time periods. It gained prominence during the Victorian era and was associated with the values of hard work, integrity, and moral uprightness. The name has also been used in literature, most notably in Oscar Wilde's famous play "The Importance of Being Earnest," where it explores themes of identity and social expectations.

Overall, the name Ernest carries a positive and dignified meaning, suggesting an individual who is dedicated, sincere, and takes life seriously. It reflects a strong sense of character and is often associated with individuals who strive for excellence and demonstrate a high level of commitment in their endeavors.

Origin: German



Dickens names, Victorian names

Related names

Ernest , Earnest, Erna, Ernestine, Ernestino, Ernesto , Ernie , Erno, Ernst

Other boys names beginning with E


Overall UK ranking: 305 out of 4789

153 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

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  • Scotland (533)

Historical popularity of Ernest

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