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Gender: Female Origin of Ernestine: Feminine variation of Ernest

The name Ernestine is a girl's name . Ernestine and is often added to lists like Names No Girl May Be Cool Enough For and discussed in our forums with posts like "Totally, Kinda, or No Way?".

From the experts:

One time joke name, à la Lily Tomlin's bossy telephone operator, Ernestine is ready for a possible reevaluation, like cousins Josephine and Clementine..

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Famous People Named Ernestine

(Ernestine) Jane Geraldine Russell, American actress
Ernestine Auguste Sophie, Princess of Saxe-Weimar-Eisenach; Duchess of Saxe-Hildburghausen
(Ernestine Friederike) Sophie, Princess of Saxe-Hildburghausen; Hereditary Princess of Saxe-Coburg-Saalfeld; daughter of the above
Marie-Philippine "Ernestine" Lambriquet, adopted daughter of King Louis XVI and Marie Antoinette of France
Ernestine Shepherd, oldest competitive female bodybuilder in the world
Ernestine Jackson, American actress and singer
Ernestine Schumann-Heink, German-American contralto
Ernestine Anderson, American jazz and blues singer
Ernestine Gilbreth Carey, American memoirist of "Cheaper by the Dozen"
Ernestine Rose, American women's rights activist
Ernestine Petras, American 1940s pro baseball player
Wilhelmine Ernestine, Princess of Denmark and Norway; Electress of the Palatinate
Elisabeth Ernestine, Princess of Saxe-Meiningen; Abbess of Gandersheim
Diana Ernestine Ross, American singer and actress

Pop Culture References for the name Ernestine

Ernestine, a rude telephone operator in several of comedian Lily Tomlin's sketches
Ernestine, baby Muppet on TV's "Sesame Street"

Ernestina, Ernestyna, Erna, Ernaline, Ernesia

Ernestine's International Variations

Ernesztina (Hungarian) Ernesta (Italian)


nml28 Says:


I find this so cool for some reason

Bobcat108 Says:


It's described as a "one-time joke name" because of Lily Tomlin's character of Ernestine the telephone operator (her catchphrase was "One ringy dingy, two ringy dingy..."). Anyone who remembers the character is now way past the age of baby naming, & anyone who's naming babies now almost assuredly has no idea who Ernestine the Telephone Operator (or indeed Lily Tomlin) is.

paulapuddephatt Says:


Don't like it. I don't even like the male version, let alone the female ones. I don't really care for NB's more dismissive descriptions, but kind of see why this one didn't go down too well.

abertawe Says:


There was a girl in school named Ernestina and I thought it was cool.

Zelliew Says:


Not a fan

SimoneKadele Says:


Yes, why? I like it, actually...

ladybug99 Says:


Ernestine has the potential to be incredibly popular, especially with the rise in popularity of Clementine, Emmeline, Ethel, and Edith. Could you ever see this used today?

Daphodil Says:


Nameberry, please elaborate on why this is a 'joke name'?

indiefendi2 Says:


Ernestine is actually quite lovely to me. Up there with Josephine. I have family members on both sides with this name and my pastor's wife is named Ernestine and she's super cool. She goes by Trina. And there's also Nessie. :)

Essa Says:


I've just come across someone with this name, had never heard of it before so came to Nameberry to check it out to find it's described as a 'joke name', seems a bit harsh, especially for those who are actually called this.

Anyway, 'joke name' as side, I quite like it. It's quite similar to Clementine etc so it seems like it could catch on. The only thing that puts me off is I'd want to shorten it to Ernie which I much prefer on a boy. Ness/Nessie would work or maybe even Tess or Tessa at a stretch.

Renee5322 Says:


This name is so old and fusty... and for some odd reason I LOVE it! I have no idea why. I guess I just like those really obscure, old fashioned feminine forms of male names.