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Ernest is a sweet, beautiful name that is starting to make a comeback in France where I live. I know of multiple people who have named babies Ernest over the past few years, and I think the name sounds cute on children. I also think it will age well. This name fits right in with other vintage names that people are currently using.
Laure16  9/10/2019
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A super uggo name. It should be illegal for anyone under the age of 80. YUCK!
― Anonymous User  7/6/2019
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Also Catalan: http://www.idescat.cat/noms/?q=Ernest&lang=en. [noted -ed]
Frollein Gladys  5/11/2019
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Ernest Borgine was a famous actor who won an Oscar for his performance in the movie, "Marty".
― Anonymous User  3/15/2019
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In 2018, 63 is the most common age for an American (U.S.) Ernest who is registered male with the Social Security Administration. It is the 310th most common male first name for living U.S. citizens.
― Anonymous User  10/5/2018
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Certainly an intelligent name. If I named my child this, I'd hope twice as much that they'd have have high self esteem, and then they could pull it off. Ernest is actually a very charming, attractive name to me. I'll definitely consider this as a middle name. I also suggest considering the name Ernestine for a girl. It sounds a little less old-fashioned and probably would be better accepted in society if you like the sound of this name.
SylvieNyx  9/24/2018
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Sounds very old fashioned.
kayisforkeen  8/25/2018
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Ernest is the father of the Otter children in PB&J Otter.
Brionne  5/23/2018
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The name Ernest was given to 208 boys born in the US in 2016.
More than 99.9 percent of people with the first name Ernest are male.
― Anonymous User  6/6/2017
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I HATE the name Ernest (and Ernie)! The name is ancient and UGLY.
Katesnames15  4/20/2017
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I don't know why, but I just don't like this name.
― Anonymous User  7/7/2016
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I like the name and the meaning and it is the name of my son.
umunakwe honest  3/20/2016
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Sounds like someone who tries to act smart but is really a pathetic loser on the inside.
Oleg Karachi  1/10/2016
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Ernest was the name of Victor's younger (not youngest) brother in Frankenstein. He was the middle brother of the family and the only Frankenstein to survive the novel, although we are unaware what happened to him.
― Anonymous User  5/31/2015
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Ernest T. Bass was a character on "The Andy Griffith Show." He was known for being a lunatic who loved to throw rocks and break windows.
Zinha  5/30/2014
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Sir Ernest Edward "Weary" Dunlop, AC, CMG, OBE (1907 –1993) was an Australian surgeon who was renowned for his leadership while being held prisoner by the Japanese during World War II. He was known by his second name, Edward.
― Anonymous User  3/12/2014
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I think this name is very sweet. Though I wouldn't use it myself, I wouldn't mind seeing it on a little boy :)
Oohvintage  7/31/2013
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There were two characters 'named' Ernest in 'The Importance of Being Earnest'. One was John "Jack", and the other was Algernon. They are both using the name Ernest as a sort of pseudonym. It is revealed at the end of the play that, ironically, John's birth name was Ernest, unbeknownst to him and everyone else.
― Anonymous User  7/31/2013
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Ernest Augustus was the son of King George III of the UK and his wife Charlotte. He later became King of Hanover, Germany. His great-great-great-grandchild is the current Head of the House Hanover, he has the german version of the name "Ernst August".
CarolinW  6/11/2012
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Ernest is also used in Poland, where it has at least four name days. [noted -ed]
bananarama  5/16/2011
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For some reason I really like this name. O.0 hehe. I wouldn't use it though.
Chrila96  11/9/2010
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In The Secret Series by Pseudonymous Bosch, this is the second name of Max-Ernest, the leading male character.
EchoSketcher  7/26/2010
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Ernest is occasionally used in Croatia.
goricar  4/24/2010
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I rather like the name Ernest, but I *hate* the nickname Ernie, with a passion. So that pretty much prevents me from ever using it.
erb816  1/10/2010
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Wilde's use of the name was very intentionally ironic. The name "Ernest" was a code-word meaning "homosexual" when he wrote the play, i.e. "Is he Ernest?"

I love the play, and the name is likeable enough.
MoonAgeDaydreamer  2/20/2009
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I really dislike how this name sounds, and it also reminds me of this one book I read when I was little.
emiline  11/8/2008
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Very old-fashioned. I would burst out laughing if I heard a parent shout: ''Ernest, we have to leave!'' The name sounds quite awkward with the two schwa sounds and all. Besides, I hate any Oscar Wilde association. I have never read a single play by him, but I know the guy was rather unlikeable.
slight night shiver  5/23/2008
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I don't like the way this name sounds. I can't really put a word to it except for the fact that I don't like it.
Pippin  4/22/2008
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Also a masculine name in Slovenia. [noted -ed]
earthnut  7/2/2007
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Ernest Hemingway was a famous author who won the Nobel Prize.
― Anonymous User  10/29/2006
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Ernest P. Worrell was a hapless misfit in different movies including "Ernest Goes to Camp." He was played by Jim Varney.
breakofday  12/30/2005
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Ernest Lehman was a successful screenwriter in Hollywood. He received 6 Academy Award nominations during his screenwriting career. In 2001 he received an honorary Oscar for his works, the first screenwriter to receive that honor.
― Anonymous User  12/29/2005
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Ernest Howard Shepard (E.H. Shepard) was a British artist and book illustrator. He was known especially for his illustrations for The Wind in the Willows by Kenneth Grahame and Winnie-the-Pooh by A. A. Milne.
― Anonymous User  12/22/2005

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