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Ernest Family History

Ernest Surname Meaning

French Walloon Dutch Polish Czech Jewish West Indian (mainly Haiti) and African (mainly Tanzania): from the personal name Ernest a cognate or a variant of German Dutch and Jewish Ernst . Americanized form of German Dutch Danish and Jewish Ernst . English: variant of Harness by folk-etymological association with the vocabulary word earnest. Compare Earnest .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


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

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Where is the Ernest family from?

You can see how Ernest families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Ernest family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Ernest families were found in USA in 1920. In 1891 there were 147 Ernest families living in London. This was about 33% of all the recorded Ernest's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Ernest families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Ernest surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Ernest ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Carpenter joiner and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Ernest. 10% of Ernest men worked as a Carpenter joiner and 73% of Ernest women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ernest were Builders Labourer and Domestic Duties. .

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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 1939

  • Carpenter joiner
    10%
  • Incapacitated
    10%
  • Contractor Builders
    10%
  • Builders Labourer
    10%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    73%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    5%
  • Private Means
    5%
  • Domestic Duties
    5%
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Census Records

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 Lists

There are 10,000 immigration records available for the last name Ernest. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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