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Ernest History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms


Origins Available: English , German , Swiss


The Ernest surname is thought to derive from the Old High German word "ernus," which meant "fight." As such, Ernest 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.


Early Origins of the Ernest family


The surname Ernest 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.

Early History of the Ernest family


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Another 234 words (17 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 Ernest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ernest 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 Ernest include Ernst, Ernste, Ernest, Errnst, Ernesten, Arnst, Aernst, Arnest and many more.

Early Notables of the Ernest family (pre 1700)


Prominent among members of the name Ernest 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...
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Migration of the Ernest family to the New World and Oceana


Thousands of German settlers came to North America between the mid-17th and mid-20th centuries. The hardships of the long voyage were balanced by the opportunity to escape poverty and religious persecution. The descendents of these settlers still populate the states of Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many also live in Ontario and the prairie provinces of Canada. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Ernest or a variant listed above:

Ernest Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Christian Ernest, who arrived in New York in 1842 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Friedrich Ernest, who settled in Texas in 1846
  • John Ernest, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • George Ernest, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Ernest Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Ernest, who landed in Canada in 1841

Contemporary Notables of the name Ernest (post 1700)


  • Edward Ernest, American baseball player
  • Roy H. Ernest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 47th District, 1930 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Josephine Ernest, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Gifford Ernest, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1920 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Benjamin W. Ernest, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • John Ernest Steinbeck Jr. (1902-1968), renowned American author, who wrote such novels as "Of Mice and Men" (1937) and "The Grapes of Wrath" (1939). He received the Pulitzer Prize in 1940 and the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1960 and the Presidential Medal of Freedom
  • Sir James Ernest Thorold (1877-1965), 14th Baronet of Marston, English peer
  • John Ernest Laidlay (1860-1940), Scottish amateur golfer who invented the Overlapping grip, used by over 90% of the golfers today; he also played one match for the Scotland national cricket team in 1878
  • Mark Ernest Hix MBE, English chef and restaurateur from Dorset, known for his role in the BBC television series Great British Menu in 2007
  • Albert Ernest Herrnstein (1882-1958), American football player and coach

Historic Events for the Ernest family



HMS Dorsetshire

  • John Ernest, (Jack) Wheeler, British crew member aboard the HMS Dorsetshire when she was struck by air bombers and sunk; he survived the sinking [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, October 22) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  3. ^ Force Z Survivors HMS Dorsetshire Crew List, (Retrieved 2018, February 13th), https://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listdorsetshirecrew.html


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