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Origins of the Ernest surname

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About the Ernests

We have a total number of 3920 records for people with the last name Ernest.

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Where do most Ernests live?

In 1921, most Ernests lived in London.

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Interesting facts about Ernests

How common is your surname?

You have a rare surname! It's not in the top 1000 UK surnames!

We have 2,570 records for the Ernest surname. The oldest one dates back to 1264.

Who were Ernests most likely to marry?

Our Marriage record sets tell us which families married Ernests.

What are the most common Ernest first names?

  • William
  • John
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

Our birth record sets tell us the names of Ernest family members

Common jobs for Ernests

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Ernests in 1921




House Servant




House Keeper


Common Male occupations for Ernests in 1921
Semiskilled Chauffeurs And Drivers




Farm Hands




Railway Clerk


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