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The Earnest surname is thought to derive from the Old High German word "ernus," which meant "fight." As such, Earnest was most likely originally a nickname for a person or family whose defining characteristic is a serious demeanor or temperament. Nickname surnames were a class of German names derived from "eke-names," or "added names," that described people by a personal characteristic or other attribute.

Earnest Early Origins



The surname Earnest was first found in Bavaria, where the family emerged in mediaeval times as one of the notable families of the region. From the 13th century the surname was identified with the great social and economic evolution which made this territory a landmark contributor to the development of the nation.

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Earnest Spelling Variations


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Earnest Spelling Variations



In the medieval era, many different cultural groups lived in the German states. There are thus many regional variations of German surnames from that era. Westphalians spoke Low German, which is similar to modern Dutch. Many German names carry suffixes that identify where they came from. Others have phrases attached that identify something about the original bearer. Other variations in German names resulted from the fact that medieval scribes worked without the aid of any spelling rules. The spelling variations of the name Earnest include Ernst, Ernste, Ernest, Errnst, Ernesten, Arnst, Aernst, Arnest and many more.

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Earnest Early History


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Earnest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earnest research. Another 467 words (33 lines of text) covering the years 1682, 1773, 1786, 1556, 1624, 1798, 1787, 1666, 1644, 1712, 1695, 1716, 1664, 1719, 1675 and 1688 are included under the topic Early Earnest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Earnest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Earnest Early Notables (pre 1700)



Prominent among members of the name Earnest in this period include Georg Ernst of Limburg Stirum, (died 1666), Count of Limburg Stirum, Count of Bronckhorst, Lord of Wisch, Lichtenvoorde and Wildenborch; Christian Ernst of...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earnest Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



German settlers were among the most common to come to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. Poverty and religious persecution drove many Bavarians to make this long trek. tenant farmers were also enticed by the prospect of owning land. From east to west, these German immigrants populated the United States, settling in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada also provided homes to many. Early settlers bearing the Earnest surname or a spelling variation of the name include:

Earnest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Matthias F Earnest, who arrived in Maryland in 1813
  • John Earnest, who landed in Virginia in 1887

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Contemporary Notables of the name Earnest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Earnest (post 1700)



  • William H. Earnest, American Republican politician, Member of Pennsylvania State Senate 15th District, 1925-32
  • William Earnest, American politician, Candidate for Representative from Alabama in the Confederate Congress 2nd District, 1861
  • James H. Earnest, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Wisconsin, 1860, 1876
  • Felix W. Earnest, American Democrat politician, Postmaster at Knoxville, Tennessee, 1856-57
  • Edwin B. Earnest, American politician, U.S. Vice Consul in Manchester, 1929; Edinburgh, 1932
  • E. T. Earnest, American politician, Mayor of Highland Park, Texas, 1953-54
  • Bill Earnest, American Libertarian politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Kansas 1st District, 1996
  • Major-General Herbert Ludwell Earnest (1895-1970), American Commanding General 90th Division, North-West Europe (1945)
  • Gray L. Earnest (b. 1957), former American football wide receiver
  • Woodall Earnest (b. 1959), American composer
  • ... (Another 2 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans and Edda Gentry. Translation Dictionary of German Names 2nd Edition. Madison: University of Wisconsin, 2002. Print.
    2. Siebmacher, J.J. Siebmacher's Grosses Wappenbuch 35 Volumes. Germany: Bauer & Raspe. Print.
    3. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    4. Götze, Alfred. Familiennamen im badischen Oberland. Heidelberg: C. Winter, 1918. Print.
    5. Fogleman, Aaron Spencer. Journeys German Immigration, Settlement and Political Culture in Colonial America 1717-1775. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986. Print. (ISBN 978-0812215489).
    6. Strassburger, Ralph B. Pennsylvania German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Karlsruhe. Badisches Generallandesarchiv Baden Emigration lists 1866-1911. Salt Lake City: Microfilm of Card Index by the Genealogical Society of Utah. Print.
    9. Haverkamp, Alfred. Medieval Germany 1056-1273 2nd edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print.
    10. Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
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    The Earnest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Earnest Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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