E names, Male, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names, Virtues/Attributes


Ernest is a male given name derived from Old English eornost meaning “serious”, a cognate of Old High German ernust derived from Proto-Germanic *ernustuz (seriousness, earnest) which derives from a PIE root word. The English word earnest derives from the same root word as Ernest, both meaning the same thing. Ernest is also an English and Dutch surname derived from the given name

Origin: Proto-Indo-European



  • Earnest (English)
  • Ernust (Ancient Germanic)
  • Ernst (German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)
  • Erno (Finnish)
  • Ernő (Hungarian)
  • Arnošt (Czech, Sorbian)
  • Ernesto (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Ernestino (Italian, Spanish, Portuguese)
  • Ernestas (Lithuanian)


Female forms:

  • Ernestine (French, German, English)
  • Earnestine (English)
  • Ernesta (Italian, Lithuanian)
  • Ernestina (Italian)
  • Erna (German, Dutch, Danish, Norwegian, Swedish)


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