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Meaning and Origin of: Ernest boy

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First name origin & meaning:

Old German: Vigorous

First name variations: Ernst, Earnest, Ernie, Ernestino, Ernesto, Ernestus

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. 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’ + gīsil ‘pledge’, ‘hostage’, ‘noble youth’ (see Giesel). The name may have been altered by folk etymology to coincide with the word meaning ‘combat’. Compare Harness.
  2. Dutch: variant of Ernst.
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