Ernest Name Meaning & Origin

Ernest

Pronunciation: ER-nehst (key)

Origin of the name Ernest:

Cognate of the German Ernst, a name derived from the Old High German Ernust and Ernost (earnest, resolute).

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Comments and insights on the name Ernest: | Edit

I love my name, Ernest. It is distinctive. As a child there can be challenges being nicknamed "Ernie", but as an adult its a great name.

Worms making love in dead Ernest! (Ernest was dead, the worms were inside his body, get it?)

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I have never really liked my name, Ernest. Most people call me Ernie, which I prefer. Sometimes people will ask me how is Bert. People are more apt to remember your name.

Nicknames for Ernest: | Edit

Ernie, Nebby (used in Yorkshire)

Meanings and history of the name Ernest: | Edit

Ernest meanes "smart bird" in greek

Famous real-life people named Ernest: | Edit

Ernest Thayer, American poet
Ernest Hemingway, American author, winner of Nobel Prize in Literature
Ernest Borgnine, American actor
E. (Ernest) Gary Gygax, fantasy author and one of the creators of Dungeons & Dragons
Ernest Haycox, American western writer
Ernest Lehman, American screenwriter
Tennessee Ernie Ford
Ernie Pyle

Ernest in song, story & screen: | Edit

Ernest Worthing, main character in The Importance of Being Earnest, a comedic play written by Oscar Wilde.
Ernie, a Muppet character on Sesame Street.
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