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Quick Facts on Ernesto

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Italian, Spanish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 3
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 628
Simple meaning:

Characteristics of Ernesto

  • Humanitarian
  • Community-minded
  • Family-oriented
  • Loving
  • Affectionate
  • Compassionate
  • Sensitive

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ernesto

Ernesto is the Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of Ernest which was adopted by the Old French from the Germanic language. In Old High German, the vocabulary word “eornost” stood for ‘serious business, battle to the death’. Today the English vocabulary word “earnest” still means ‘serious, intense, sober’. Ernest (like Frederick) was brought to England by the Norman French in the 11th century, but it was not popularized until the early 18th century when King George I came to the English throne, hailing from the House of Hanover in Germany. In the 19th century play “The Importance of Being Earnest” (1895) aptly subtitled ‘A Trivial Comedy for Serious People’ – Oscar Wilde used the name Ernest for a character. One of the most famous name bearers was Nobel Prize winning author, the hard-drinking and adventurous living Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). The Italian, Spanish and Portuguese form of the name, Ernesto, seems to have been popularized around the 18th century as well.

Popularity of the Name Ernesto

Ernesto has had a place on the U.S. popularity charts since the late 1800s, most likely influenced by the Italian-American population first and then followed by the growth in the Hispanic and Latino populations later in the 20th century. While Ernesto has never been a widely used name, it has remained on the charts consistently and without fail for over 100 years. In the middle of the 20th century an intelligent and handsome Marxist revolutionary by the name of Ernesto “Che” Guevara rose to prominence as a leader in Fidel Castro’s successful efforts in overthrowing Cuba’s government (although Guevara was Argentinean). He became a symbol to the growing counterculture movement taking place in America at the same time. It turns out that “Che” is a common nickname for Ernesto. In another cultural reference, Ernesto is the name of a character (tenor) in Italian composer Gaetano Donizetti’s triumphant comic opera “Don Pasquale” first performed in 1843. Ernesto is the nephew and heir to Don Pasquale’s fortune, but he angers his uncle by refusing an arranged marriage to a wealthy lady – he’s lovesick for another woman. A ruse is concocted to help Ernesto escape the wishes of his uncle and the comedy ensues from there. Despite the light-hearted comedy of this still-played opera, Ernesto is a name of “serious” business.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ernesto
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ernesto

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ernesto

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ernesto

    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 Ernesto

    Popular Songs on Ernesto

    Don Pasquale - an opera by Gaetano Donizetti wherein Ernesto is the tenor character

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ernesto

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ernesto

    Ernesto Castor (Antoon Krings) - Vibrantes y humorísticos, estos cuentos presentan criaturas curiosas y las interesantes aventuras que tienen en su jardín. Ernesto Castor no quiere hacerse mayor, pero sus padres han decidido que es tiempo de que construya su propia casa y forme su propia familia. Ernesto entra a regañadientes en el bosque en busca de un árbol para conseguir la madera para construir su casa, haciéndose amigos por el camino con el búho y la osita que viven allí. Sin embargo, cuando un día el río se lleva la casa de Ernesto hasta la otra orilla, corre el riesgo de perder a sus nuevos amigos. Recommended for ages 3-7.

  • Famous People Named Ernesto

    Famous People Named Ernesto

    Famous People Named Ernesto - Ernesto "Che" Guevara (revolutionary); Ernesto Basile (Italian architect); Ernesto Farías (Argentine soccer player); Ernesto Geisel (former Brazilian president); Ernesto Köhler (flautist/composer); Ernesto Miranda (criminal, responsible for the Miranda Rights mandate); Ernesto Sabato (Argentine writer)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ernesto

    Children of Famous People Named Ernesto

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ernesto - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ernesto.

Personality of the Boy Name Ernesto

Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ernesto

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