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PronouncedPron.UR-nəst English
ER-NEST French
ER-nest Polish

Meaning & History

Derived from Germanic eornost meaning "serious". It was introduced to England by the German House of Hanover when they inherited the British throne in the 18th century, though it did not become common until the following century. The American author and adventurer Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961) was a famous bearer of the name. It was also used by Oscar Wilde for a character in his comedy 'The Importance of Being Earnest' (1895).
VariantEarnest English
DiminutivesErn, Ernie English
Feminine FormsErnestine English Ernestine French
Other Languages & CulturesErnust Ancient Germanic Arnošt Czech Ernst Danish Ernst Dutch Erno Finnish Ernst German Ernő Hungarian Ernesto Italian Ernestas Lithuanian Ernst Norwegian Ernesto Portuguese Arnošt Sorbian Ernesto Spanish Ernst Swedish


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Entry updated July 2, 2017   Contribute