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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.

Ernest Early Origins



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.

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Ernest Spelling Variations


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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.

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Ernest Early History


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Ernest Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ernest 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 Ernest History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Ernest Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Ernest Early Notables (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...

Another 33 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Ernest 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



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
  • Friedrich Ernest settled in Texas in 1846
  • John Ernest, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • George Ernest, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1872

Ernest Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Ernest, who landed in Canada in 1841

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Contemporary Notables of the name Ernest (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Ernest (post 1700)



  • Roy H. Ernest, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Senate 47th District, 1930
  • Josephine Ernest, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Oklahoma, 1956
  • Gifford Ernest, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Illinois at-large, 1920
  • Benjamin W. Ernest, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1932
  • Edward Ernest, American baseball player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Bahlow, Hans (Edda Gentry trns). Dictionary of German Names . Madison, Wisconsin: Max Kade Institute, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-924119-35-7).
    2. Steed, Henry Wickham . The Hapsburg Monarchy. London: Constable and Company, 1919. Print.
    3. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    4. Strassburger, Ralph B. German Pioneers The Original Lists of Arrivals in the Port of Philadelphia 3 Volumes. Baltimore: Picton Press, 1992. Print. (ISBN 978-0929539980).
    5. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    6. Hildenbrand, A.M. Wappenfibel. Handbuch der Heraldik. Neustadt an der Aisch: 1970. Print.
    7. Rupp, Daniel L. A Collection of Upwards of Thirty Thousand Names of German, Swiss, Dutch, French and Other Immigrants to Pennsylvania from 1727 to 1776. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 2000. Print. (ISBN 978-0806303024).
    8. Oswald, G. Lexicon der Heraldik. Leipzig: 1984. Print.
    9. Brechenmacher, Josef Karlmann. Deutches Namenbuch. Stuttgart: Verlag von Adolf Bonz & Comp, 1928. Print.
    10. Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
    11. ...

    The Ernest Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ernest 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.

    This page was last modified on 22 October 2015 at 14:04.

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