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Origins Available: German
The Ernst surname is thought to derive from the Old High German word "ernus," which meant "fight." As such, Ernst 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.
The surname Ernst 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.
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 Ernst include Ernst, Ernste, Ernest, Errnst, Ernesten, Arnst, Aernst, Arnest and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Ernst 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 Ernst History in all our PDF Extended History products
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Prominent among members of the name Ernst 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 Ernst Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
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The great European flow of migration to North America, which began in the middle of the 17th century and continued into the 20th century, was particularly attractive to those from Bavaria
who wished to escape either poverty or religious persecution. For many Bavarian tenant
farmers, the chance to own their own land was a major incentive. So the widespread colonization of the United States began in 1650, when many immigrants from Germany
settled in pockets in Pennsylvania, Texas, New York, Illinois, and California. In Canada, German settlement centered in Ontario and the prairie provinces. Among those of this surname listed in various historical records were:
Ernst Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Martin Ernst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1732
- Joseph Ernst, who arrived in Georgia in 1734-1741
- Johann Ludwig Ernst, who landed in Georgia in 1734-1741
- Joseph Ernst, who settled in Georgia in 1735 with his wife Anna Maria and daughter Susannah
- Felix Ernst, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1735
Ernst Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- A H Ernst, who landed in Ohio in 1807
- Andreas H Ernst, who landed in Ohio in 1816
- Zacharias Ernst, who arrived in Ohio in 1816
- Wilhelm Ernst, aged 32, landed in New York, NY in 1832
- Philip Ernst, who landed in New York in 1833
Ernst Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Christian Ernst, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
- Christian Ernst, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
- Dorothea Ernst, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1757
- Mathias Ernst, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
- Regina Ernst, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1757
Ernst Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Jacob Ernst, who landed in Manitoba in 1874
- Peter Ernst, who arrived in Manitoba in 1874
- Franz Ernst, who arrived in Manitoba in 1875
Ernst Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Franz Hermann Ernst, aged 40, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Victoria"
- Franklin Ernst, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from California 6th District, 1986
- Clare E. Ernst, American Democrat politician, Candidate for Michigan State House of Representatives from Arenac District, 1962
- Charles F. Ernst (b. 1892), American Republican politician, Postmaster at St. Joseph, Missouri, 1890-92
- Charles A. Ernst, American Republican politician, Presidential Elector for Pennsylvania, 1920; Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1928
- Carl J. Ernst, American politician, Member of University of Nebraska Board of Regents, 1902-08
- C. E. Ernst, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Missouri, 1932
- Benjamin H. Ernst, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1952
- Mrs. Ben H. Ernst, American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from Tennessee, 1960
- Anthony Ernst, American Democrat politician, Presidential Elector for Missouri, 1956
- Adolph Ernst, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Ocean County, 1890-92
- Mr. Otto Ernst (1860-1937), German Cotton Broker from Hamburg, Scheffelstr, Germany, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937, but later died in hospital from injuries
- Mrs Elsa Ernst (1874-1937), German passenger from Hamburg, Scheffelstr, Germany, who was a passenger on board the Hindenburg LZ-129 and survived the Airship Fire on May 6, 1937
- Friedrich Ernst of Industry: Research on Life, Family, Acquaintances, and Conditions of the Time by Miriam Korff York.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
- 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).
- Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
- Bahlow, Hans. Deutschlands geographische Namenwelt Etymologisches Lexikon der Fluss- und Ortsnamen alteuropaischer Herkunft. Frankfurt: Suhrkamp, 1985. Print.
- Bahlow, Hans. Mecklenburgisches Namenbüchlein Ein Führer durch Mecklenburgs Familiennamen. Rostock: Carl Hinstorffs Verlag, 1932. Print.
- Garland, Mary and Henry Garland Editions. Oxford Companion To German Literature 3rd Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1997. Print. (ISBN 0198158963).
- Tarneller, Josef. Zur Namenkunde Tirolen Familiennamen. Bozen: Buchhandlung, 1923. Print.
- Gritzner, M. Handbuch der heraldischen Terminologie in zwölf Zungen. Nürnberg: 1890. Print.
- 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).
The Ernst Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Ernst 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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