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Earnest Name Meaning

Americanized form of German Ernst . English: variant of Ernest .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Earnst, Ernest, Arnet, Garnes, Ernesti, Garness, Karnes, Arnst

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Where is the Earnest family from?

You can see how Earnest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Earnest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Earnest families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 32 Earnest families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 25% of all the recorded Earnest's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Earnest families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Earnest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Earnest ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Earnest. 24% of Earnest men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Earnest women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Earnest were Carpenter and Seamstress. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
    24%
  • Laborer
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Carpenter
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housekeeper
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Housewife
    10%
  • Seamstress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 35,000 census records available for the last name Earnest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Earnest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Earnest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 9,000 military records available for the last name Earnest. For the veterans among your Earnest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Earnest lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Earnest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1994. The average life expectancy for Earnest in 1943 was 30, and 70 in 2004.

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