Namesakes

Fictional Characters from Plays and Musicals: 1 hero
John Worthing (a.k.a. Ernest)   1895   The Importance of Being Earnest  
French Presidents and Prime Ministers: 3 prime ministers
(prime minister) Ernest Courtot de Cissey   1874-1875  
(prime minister) Pierre Waldeck-Rousseau (a.k.a. Ernest)   1899-1902  
(prime minister) Ernest Monis   1911  
Hall-of-Famers: 1 basketball
(basketball) Ernest Schmidt   1973  
Nobel Prize Winners: 2 physics, 1 chemistry, 1 literature, 1 peace
(chemistry) Ernest Rutherford   1908  
(physics) Ernest Lawrence   1939  
(physics) Ernest Walton   1951  
(literature) Ernest Hemingway   1954  
(peace) Norman Borlaug (a.k.a. Ernest)   1970  
Notable Actors and Actresses: 2 actors
Romilly Lunge (a.k.a. Ernest)   1904-1994  
Ernest Borgnine   1917-2012  
Notable Athletes: 1 basketball
(basketball) Ernest Schmidt   1911-1986  
Notable Explorers and Adventurers: 1 explorer
Ernest Shackleton   1874-1922  
Notable Scientists and Inventors: 1 physicist
Ernest Rutherford   1871-1937  
Notable Writers: 1 author
Ernest Hemingway   1899-1961  
Olympic Medalists: 4 bronze, 3 silver, 1 bronze/silver, 1 gold
(bronze) Ernest Ebbage   1908   tug of war  
(silver) Ernest Webb   1908; 1912   10 mile walk; 3500 m walk; 10 km walk  
(bronze) Ernest Henley   1912   4x400 m relay  
(bronze) Ernest Glover   1912   cross country team  
(silver) Ernest Henry   1924   swimming - 4x200 m freestyle relay  
(bronze) Ernest Rogez   1928   water polo  
(silver) Ernest Harper   1936   marathon  
(gold) Ernest Grunfeld   1976   basketball  
(bronze/silver) Hayden Stoeckel (a.k.a. Ernest)   2008; 2012   swimming  
Oscar Award Winners: 1 actor
(actor) Ernest Borgnine   1955   Marty  
Other Leaders: 1 president
President Ernest Shonekan   1993   Nigeria  
Other Royalty: 1 prince
Ernst Casimir of the Netherlands (a.k.a. Ernest)   1822   Netherlands  
Pulitzer Award Winners: 2 winners
Ernest Poole   1918   His Family  
Ernest Hemingway   1953   The Old Man and the Sea  
Saints: 1 saint
Saint Ernest   ?-1148