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Gender: M Meaning of Ernest: "serious, resolute" Origin of Ernest: English from German Ernest's Popularity in 2012: #915

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Ernest is one of those sober, so-far-out-they're-beginning-to-be-reconsidered Great Uncle names. It was a Top 40 name from 1880 to 1926, and has never been completely off the Social Security list.

Ernest is probably the only name a whole play was based on--Oscar Wilde's "The Importance of Being Earnest"--in which one character says "There is something in that name that seems to inspire absolute confidence. I pity any poor woman whose husband is not called Ernest." The most famous bearer of the name is Ernest Hemingway--unless you want to count Bert's friend Ernie.

Changing the spelling to Earnest makes it a male virtue name.

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Famous People Named Ernest

Ernest Miller Hemingway, iconic American author (he said himself that he hated the name because of the connection to the play The Importance of Being Earnest by Oscar Wilde)
Ernest Borgnine, American actor
Amedee-Ernest Chausson, male French composer
Ernest Rutherford, New Zealand-born physicist and Nobel prize winner in Chemistry
Ernest Rupert Atholl Deakin, brother to singer Louis Tomlinson of One Direction

Pop Culture References for the Name Ernest

Max-Ernest, character in the Secret book series

Ernest P Worrell - The not so bright star of his own set of movies.

Ernest Baldwin, character in the video game Silent Hill 2: Restless Dreams

Ernest was the name adopted by Jack Worthing and Algernon Montcrieff to garner the attention of Gwendolen Fairfax and Cecily Cardew, respectively.

Earnest, Ern, Ernie, Erny

Ernest's International Variations

Erneszt, Ernö (Hungarian) Earnan (Irish) Estek (Polish) Arnesto, Necho, Ernesto, Ernestino, Ernio (Portuguese) Ernst (Swedish)