- Baron Rutherford of Nelson 1871-1937; Brit. physicist, born in New Zealand
- 1869-1942; U.S. leader of Jehovah's Witnesses
a masculine name: dim. Ernie; var. Earnest; equiv. It. & Sp. Ernesto, Ger. Ernst; fem. Ernestine
Origin of ErnestGerman Ernst ; from Old High German Ernust, Ernost, literally , resolute ; from ernust: see earnest
- 1880-1959; U.S. composer, born in Switzerland
- 1905-83; U.S. physicist, born in Switzerland
- Obsolete form of earnest.