Origins Available: German
The Ernesten surname is thought to derive from the Old High German word "ernus," which meant "fight." As such, Ernesten 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 Ernesten family
The surname Ernesten 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 Ernesten family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ernesten 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 Ernesten History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Ernesten Spelling Variations
Many cultural groups lived in the German states in medieval times. Each had its own dialect and traditions, and unique variations of popular names. Low German, which is similar to contemporary Dutch, was spoken in Westphalia
. German names are characterized by additions such as regional suffixes and phrases that tell something about the origin or background of its original bearer. Further contributing to the variation in German names was the fact that there were no spelling rules in medieval times: scribes recorded names according to their sound. The recorded spelling variations
of Ernesten include Ernst, Ernste, Ernest, Errnst, Ernesten, Arnst, Aernst, Arnest and many more.
Early Notables of the Ernesten family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Ernesten 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 Ernesten Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Ernesten family to the New World and Oceana
European migration to North America began in the mid-17th century and continued unabated until the mid-20th. Many Bavarians made the long trip to escape poverty or persecution based on their religious beliefs. The chance for tenant
farmers to own their own land was also a major drawing card. They settled all across the United States in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. Many came to Canada also, settling in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Analysis of immigration records has shown some of the first Ernestens to arrive in North America, and among them were: Joseph Ernst, who settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife Anna Maria and daughter Susannah. Felix Ernst settled in Pennsylvania in 1744 with his wife Elsbetha Weydmann, while Friedrich Ernest settled in Texas in 1846..