Meaning and Origin of: Ernst

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old German : Vigorous

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • German and Dutch : from the personal name Ernst, which is most probably a byname from Middle High German and Middle Dutch ern(e)st ‘combat’, ‘serious business’. However, see Ernest.
  • Jewish (Ashkenazic) : nickname or ornamental from German ernst ‘earnest’, ‘serious’.