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The ERNEST surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 4,694 6640 0.002 17
United States (1880 census) 1,733 3387 0.003 35
Change since 1880 +2961 -3253 -0.001 -18
Other Countries
Australia 90 15638 0.001 6
United Kingdom 197 16627 0.000 4
Top States for ERNEST by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Pennsylvania 335 4361 0.003 27
Florida 323 5883 0.002 20
California 315 8221 0.001 9
New York 291 6422 0.002 15
Texas 267 6881 0.001 13
Top States for ERNEST by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
West Virginia 97 2332 0.005 54
Louisiana 177 3093 0.004 40
Alaska 22 3955 0.004 35
Maryland 174 3307 0.003 33
Alabama 127 4032 0.003 29


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called ERNEST live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called ERNEST represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called ERNEST in Pennsylvania than any other state, but you are more likely to find a ERNEST by picking someone at random in West Virginia than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of ERNEST

Region of origin: Europe

Name derivation: From given name or forename

Ethnic distribution of ERNEST in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Black/African American 585 12.46
Mixed Race 108 2.3
White (Hispanic) 86 1.83
Asian/Pacific 52 1.11
Native American/Alaskan 19 0.4
White (Caucasian) 3,844 81.89

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the ERNEST surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of ERNEST in historical publications

Sorry, we don't have any information on the meaning of ERNEST.

Similar names to ERNEST

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as ERNEST.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for ERNEST

The following words are slight variants of ERNEST that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.