Ernest Family History

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Ernest Name Meaning

English and Dutch: from the Germanic byname mentioned at Ernst. However, Reaney cites medieval evidence for Norman spellings such as Ernais, and derives it from a Germanic personal name Arn(e)gis, possibly composed of the elements arn ‘eagle’ + gisil ‘pledge’, ‘hostage’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel). The name may have been altered by folk etymology to coincide with the word meaning ‘combat’. Compare Harness. Dutch: variant of Ernst.

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

Similar surnames: Ernst, Arnett, Ernesti, Earnest, Gernert, Emmert, Hergert, Nest

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Ernest Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ernest. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Ernest Family Origin

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Ernest Family Occupations

What did your Ernest ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Ernest family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ernest. The most common Ernest occupation in the USA was Farmer. 33% of Ernest's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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Ernest Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 60,000 census records available for the last name Ernest. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ernest census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Ernest. 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 Card

There are 16,000 military records available for the last name Ernest. For the veterans among your Ernest ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ernest Life Expectancy

What is the average Ernest lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Ernest life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1988. The average life expectancy for Ernest in 1945 was 38, and 75 in 2004.

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