US Popularity:2379
Meaning:Serious, vigor
Ernest is a boy’s name of German origin. This strong, classic name translates to “serious” and “vigor” and is clearly reflective of its adjective counterpart, “earnest.” Ernest is likely most famous thanks to prolific author Ernest Hemingway, who penned such classics as The Sun Also Rises and A Farewell to Arms. This name denotes a timeless authority, calling your attention each time you hear it. Despite its sober presentation, it can also be shortened into cute nicknames like Ernie or Ern.

Famous People Named Ernest

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  • Ernest Hemingway

Ernest Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Ernest is currently #1440 on The Bump
Boy:Ernest is currently #404 on The Bump Boy Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Ernest is currently #2379 in U.S. births
Boy:Ernest is currently #800 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
- 70
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • Behind the Name, Ernest, December 2022

  • Name Doctor, Ernest

  • Baby Names 2020 by Eleanor Turner, pg. 101

  • WordSense, Ernest

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, Ernest, October 2018

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