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Of Germanic origin, derived from the Old High German vocabulary word eornost ‘serious business, battle to the death’. The name was introduced into England in the 18th century by followers of the Elector of Hanover, who became George I of England. A variant spelling, Earnest, has arisen by association with the modern English adjective earnest.
297th in the U.S.

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Hundreds of thousands
of people in the U.S have this name
261,173
to be exact
273,104
if you include dead people (since the government started keeping track)
New Mexico
has the most people named Ernest per capita
1912
marked the height of its popularity
0.03%
99.97%
59%
55+
32%
30-54
6%
13-29
3%
0-12

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