Origins Available: German
The Errnst surname is thought to derive from the Old High German word "ernus," which meant "fight." As such, Errnst 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 Errnst family
The surname Errnst 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 Errnst family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Errnst 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 Errnst History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Errnst 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 Errnst include Ernst, Ernste, Ernest, Errnst, Ernesten, Arnst, Aernst, Arnest and many more.
Early Notables of the Errnst family (pre 1700)
Prominent among members of the name Errnst 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 Errnst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the Errnst 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 Errnst or a variant listed above: 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..