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Ernie is an English baby boy’s name that means “serious, resolute”. Ernie is a diminutive of Ernest and a vintage name that was popular for most of the 20th century. Ernie has the potential to return to popularity alongside other vintage classics.

Meaning of the name Ernie:

English: serious, resolute

Origin of the name Ernie:

Ernie is a baby boy’s name of English origin that means “serious, resolute”. It is a diminutive of the name Ernest and comes from the Germanic term “eornost” meaning “serious”.

Symbolism of the name Ernie:

Ernie means “serious, resolute” and comes from the name Ernest. The name is also related to the English term “earnest” which means “serious and intense conviction”.

Style of the name Ernie:


Gender of the name Ernie:

Ernie is a boy's name.

Pronunciation of the name Ernie:


Number of syllables in the name Ernie:


Emotion evoked from the name Ernie:

Ernie evokes feelings of honesty and dependability.

Alternative spellings for the name Ernie:

Erni, Erny, Earnie, Earny

Nicknames for the name Ernie:

  • Ern
  • Err
  • Nie

Popularity of the name Ernie:

According to the Social Security Administration, Ernie is a popular baby name. Ernie was in the top 1000 baby names list from 1900 to 1988. It peaked at #305 in 1945.

Related names for the name Ernie:

Great middle names for the name Ernie and their meanings:

Famous people with the name Ernie:

  • Ernest “Ernie” Watts (American jazz musician)
  • Earnest Lee “Ernie” Hudson (American actor)
  • Ernest “Ernie” Banks (American baseball player)
  • Ernest “Ernie” Johnson Jr. (American sportscaster)
  • Ernest “Ernie” Pyle (American journalist and author)

Ernies in popular culture:

  • Ernie (television, “Sesame Street”)
  • Evil Ernie (comics, “Evil Ernie”)
  • Ernie (media, “Transformers” franchise)
  • Ernie (television, “Underground Ernie”)
  • Ernie “Coach” Tagliaboo (television, “New Girl”)
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