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Quick Facts on Ernest

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English, French, German
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 933
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Ernest

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ernest

Ernest was adopted by the English from the Old French (Frankish)language. In Old High German, the vocabulary word “eornost” meant "serious business, battle to the death”. Today the English vocabulary word “earnest” still means “serious, intense, sober”. Ernest was one of many given names brought to England by the Norman French in the 11th century, but it was not widely used until the early 18th century when King George I came to the English throne (hailing from the German House of Hanover). Irish playwright and humorist Oscar Wilde famously used the name for his protagonist in the 19th century play “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895) aptly subtitled ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ (see literary references below). Ernest is also strongly associated with the hard-drinking, adventurous-living and Nobel Prize-winning American author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961).

Popularity of the Name Ernest

Ernest is an example of a true turn-of-the-century favorite – the turn of last century that is. In other words, Ernest was the 30th most popular boy’s name in America in 1900. In the late 1800s Ernest got as high as #21 on the charts. It wouldn’t be until 1957 that the name dropped off the Top 100 list for the first time since the U.S. government began tracking naming trends in 1880. In the 1960s, 70s and 80s, Ernest’s decline in popular usage was so slow and steady it was hardly noticeable. It wasn’t until the 1990s that future parents really began shunning old Ernest. No longer a “serious” contender on the American male naming charts, Ernest has become a name choice for the very traditional parent. It’s old-fashioned, outdated and really…well, really quite earnest. It may take another generation to clean off the cobwebs and hope for a comeback, but in the meantime we applaud the parents brave enough to pick such a grandfatherly name. Ernie is an obvious nickname.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ernest
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ernest

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ernest

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ernest

    Ernest "Jack" Worthing (The Importance of Being Earnest) Ernest is the protagonist of Oscar Wilde’s comedy of manners, “The Importance of Being Earnest, A Trivial Comedy for Serious People”, which was first performed in London in 1895, and probably remains his most popular play. John (Jack) Worthing maintains an alter-ego in London in the persona of Ernest, his make-believe younger brother, whose foibles he is constantly called upon to remedy. In the country he is known as a sober and conservative gentleman, whereas in the disguise of Ernest in London he is able to follow a rather libertine lifestyle. As Ernest, he proposes to Gwendolen, who accepts him, mainly based upon the fact that his name is Ernest; she has stated that she must marry a man named Ernest. Of course. Lady Bracknell, Gwendolen’s harridan of a mother, does not approve of the match, however, as Mr. Worthington, whatever his true name, was a foundling. Many plot twists and identity switches later, it is discovered that Worthington is in fact a relative of Lady Bracknell, having been lost in a train station as an infant by his nursemaid. This suddenly makes him suitable as a suitor for Gwendolen. That young lady, however, does not want to marry him now because his name is not Ernest, but Jack. Of course. But not to worry – army records of Jack’s father are examined and prove him to have been one Ernest Moncrieff, for whom, as first born, Jack would have been named. So he is Ernest, after all, and that is important, because otherwise, Gwendolen wouldn’t have married him. So now you know the importance of being earnest.

  • Popular Songs on Ernest

    Popular Songs on Ernest

    Ernest - We cannot find any popular or well-known songs featuring the name Ernest.

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ernest

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ernest

    Ernest and Celestine (Gabrielle Vincent) - Ernest, a bear, and Celestine, a mouse, lose Celestine's stuffed bird in the snow. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ernest and Elston (Laura T. Barnes) - When Elston decides he doesn't want to be a rooster anymore, the Barnesyard animal friends learn the hard way what can go wrong when someone pretends to be something they're not. Convinced that the other animals dislike him because he wakes them up every morning, Elston decides he'd rather be a donkey. Although his pal Ernest steadfastly tries to convince him otherwise, Elston insists on hiding his beautiful feathers and doing everything he can to stifle his crow. Chaos soon occurs in the barnyard, however, when the animals fail to wake up in the morning and their daily routine is turned upside down. As the day unfolds, Elston gradually comes to appreciate that everyone is special just as they are. Inspired by real-life animals and events at the Barnesyard farm, this endearing tale teaches children about celebrating their differences and being themselves. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ernest and Rebecca: My Best Friend is a Germ (Guillaume Bianco) - Rebecca is a six and a half year-old girl who is out of luck – her parents are on the verge of divorce and she is always getting sick due to a weak immune system. One rainy day Rebecca’s luck changes when she meets a magical microbe named Ernest, who becomes her best friend! Ernest is no regular germ—he’s about the same height as Rebecca and he can talk. Can Rebecca keep her parents together with the help of her new friend? And can anyone really have a friend who belongs in a Petri dish? Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Ernest and the Big Itch (Laura T. Barnes) - In this charming barnyard tale, a tiny, lovable donkey named Ernest and his farmyard friends show that persistence, acceptance, devotion, and friendship prove to be the building blocks of a happy life. In Ernest and the Big Itch, Ernest must find a way to scratch his back without bothering the other animals living on the farm. What he doesn’t realize is that the pole he’s chosen to scratch with is the home of two little birds—and he accidentally shakes them right out of their house! The birds decide to help Ernest find an alternative scratching post, leading the trio on an amusing barnyard adventure and resulting in a strong friendship between the three. Beautiful watercolor illustrations of the sweet miniature donkey and the other animals at Barnesyard Farm are sure to enthrall young readers and parents alike, and hiding in each picture is a cute little bug for kids to discover. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ernest Hemingway: A Writer's Life (Catherine Reef) - An introduction to the life and work of one of the most significant and notorious American writers of the 20th century. Ernest Hemingway's literary status alone makes him worthy of a biography. In addition, his life reads like a suspense story—it's full of action, romance, heartbreak, machismo, mishaps, celebrity, and tragedy. He had first-hand experience of several historic events of the last century, and he rubbed elbows with many other notable writers and intellectual greats of our time. Though his reputation has weathered ups and downs, his status as an American icon remains untouchable. Here, in the only biography available to young people, Catherine Reef introduces readers to Hemingway's work, with a focus on his themes and writing styles and his place in the history of American fiction, and examines writers who influenced him and those he later influenced. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Ernest's Special Christmas (Laura T. Barnes) - In this charming barnyard tale, Ernest, a tiny, loveable donkey, and his farmyard friends demonstrate the power of love and selflessness—the true gifts of the holiday season. When Ernest discovers his friend Chester is missing on Christmas Eve, he must enlist his friends, large and small, to work together in order to rescue their friend. Through love and determination, Ernest and his friends discover that being together with loved ones is the most special Christmas gift of all. Beautiful watercolor illustrations of the animals at Barnesyard farm are sure to enthrall young readers and parents alike, and hiding in each picture is an adorable little mouse for kids to discover. Parents and teachers can use this tale as a way to discuss the true meaning of the holiday season. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ernest, the Moose Who Doesn't Fit (Catherine Rayner) - Ernest is a rather large moose with a rather large problem. He is so big he can't fit inside his book! Luckily, Ernest is also a very determined moose, and he and his little chipmunk friend aren't going to give up easily. With some tape, odd bits of paper, and plenty of enthusiasm, the pair constructs an enormous gatefold page by themselves, and everything fits together in the end. Recommended for ages 2-6.

    Frank and Ernest (Alexandra Day) - Frank and Ernest is the entertaining tale of a bear and an elephant who learn to run a diner. The charming illustrations of the Deco-era diner and the novelty of its animal employees will appeal to children, but the diner slang that Frank and Ernest learn and use will delight parents and children alike. Frank and Ernest will reveal the meaning of “burn one, take it through the garden and pin a rose on it,” “a stack with Vermont and a blonde with sand,” as well as “guess water,” “balloon juice,” and “million on a platter.” As in her popular Carl books Day excels at visual jokes and loving detail, but in Frank and Ernest the text is as delightful as the pictures. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Frank and Ernest Play Ball (Alexandra Day) - Alexandra Day’s dynamic duo Frank, a bear, and Ernest an elephant, are back, and this time must master the language of baseball during their stint as managers of the Elmville Mudcats- a minor league team. The animal pals have their work cut out for them; the team is in the cellar (in last place in the league) and Frank and Ernest have to do everything- sell tickets, run batting practice, announce the game to the fans, and more! But once they learn the right language, it all seems easy…Recommended for ages 4-8.

    The Adventures of Keeno & Ernest: The Banana Tree (Maggie van Galen) - Keeno and Ernest are the best of friends living in the jungle. Keeno, a very mischievous monkey, finds a big, shiny new banana tree. Unfortunately, it is on the other side of the river and his parents have told him never to cross without an adult. Ernest, a clever young elephant, reminds him of this, but Keeno decides to go anyway. Follow the adventure as Keeno finds himself in great danger and relies on Ernest to rescue him. In the end, Keeno learns two very valuable lessons about friendship and family rules. Recommended for ages 4-8.

  • Famous People Named Ernest

    Famous People Named Ernest

    Famous People Named Ernest - Ernest Hemingway (American writer); Ernest Borgnine (actor); Ernest Tubb (country musician)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ernest

    Children of Famous People Named Ernest

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ernest - Loretta Lynn (country musician)

  • Historic Figures

    Ernest - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Ernest Hemingway (21 Jul 1899 - 2 July 1961) - Ernest Hemingway was one of the most influential writers of the twentieth century, and won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1954. Born in Illinois, Ernest served as an ambulance driver in World War I, where he was seriously wounded. This experience produced his novel, A Farewell to Arms. During the 1920s, Ernest was a fixture in Paris’ “Lost Generation” expatriate community, where he was a friend and protégée of Gertrude Stein. During this time, The Sun Also Rises, his first novel, was published. Throughout the thirties and forties, Ernest was a journalist in the Spanish Civil War, as well as reporting on the invasion of Normandy and the liberation of Paris. Ernest Hemingway was renowned for his “macho” style, personal as well as literary, elevating such sports as safaris, bull-righting, deep-sea fishing and hard drinking to iconic levels by his participation in and admiration of them. In later years in the United States, Ernest spent a good deal of time in Key West, Florida, with trips to Cuba, and finally ended his days in Ketchum, Idaho by a self-inflicted bullet wound. Married four times, Ernest was the father of three sons, as well as the grandfather of the actresses Margaux and Mariel Hemingway.

Personality of the Boy Name Ernest

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ernest

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