Ernst Family History

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Ernst Name Meaning

German and Dutch: from the personal name Ernst, which is most probably a byname from Middle High German and Middle Dutch ern(e)st ‘combat’, ‘serious business’. However, see Ernest. Jewish (Ashkenazic): nickname or ornamental from German ernst ‘earnest’, ‘serious’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Ernest, Kunst, Prast, Rost, Arnst, Dunst, Drost, Earnst, Ebnet, Brest

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Ernst Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Ernst name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Ernst. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Germanic Europe


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Ernst Family Origin

Where is the Ernst family from?

Ernst Family Occupations

What did your Ernst ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Ernst family was Leather Dresser. The most common Ernst occupation in the UK was Bankers Clerk. 10% of Ernst's were Bankers Clerks. Bankers Clerk, Dyer and General Shipping Merchant were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ernst.

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  • Bankers Clerk

  • Dyer

  • General Shipping Merchant

  • Leather Dresser


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Ernst ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Ernst Historical Records

What Ernst family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Ernst. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ernst census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 27,000 immigration records available for the last name Ernst. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 118,000 military records available for the last name Ernst. For the veterans among your Ernst ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ernst Life Expectancy

What is the average Ernst lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Ernst life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Ernst in 1941 was 67, and 76 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Ernst

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Ernst ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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