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