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Ernest Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Ernest?

The less frequently given name Ernest was the 978th Most Popular Boys Name in the United States in 2018.

This top 1000 contender has enjoyed a rank in the top 1000 since 1880, when the Social Security Administration began keeping records.

Position 21, its highest popularity RANKING, was reached in 1885.

However, the name was bestowed upon the greatest number of babies in 1921 with 5,698 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Ernest was 209 in 2016.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Ernest occurred roughly during the years 1909-1918, and 1944-1947, whereas unequivocal downward movement occurred about 1980-1986, 1989-1995, and 2007-2010.

Where is the name Ernest popularity headed?

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at an extremely low point.

The popularity trend for Ernest has steadily decreased for a while. Of late however, the number of parents selecting the name Ernest for their newborn has remained about the same.

The name Ernest is used by only a select few and has recently started to plateu at its present level but may also begin to make a more decisive move up or down.

Relative to what it once was, Ernest has fallen out of favor as a given name.

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   Ernest (Girl)Ernest (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 < 5 -- 210 978
2017 < 5 -- 216 958
2016 < 5 -- 209 978
2015 < 5 -- 216 955
2014 < 5 -- 247 877
2013 < 5 -- 217 934
2012 < 5 -- 223 922
2011 < 5 -- 252 847
2010 < 5 -- 218 923
2009 < 5 -- 251 850
2008 < 5 -- 277 791
2007 < 5 -- 289 761
2006 < 5 -- 296 727
2005 < 5 -- 333 650
2004 < 5 -- 367 595
2003 < 5 -- 360 597
2002 < 5 -- 352 591
2001 < 5 -- 356 577
2000 < 5 -- 439 512
1999 < 5 -- 387 536
1998 < 5 -- 450 485
1997 < 5 -- 480 461
1996 < 5 -- 517 437
1995 < 5 -- 491 460
1994 < 5 -- 591 392
1993 < 5 -- 644 367
1992 < 5 -- 721 337
1991 10 8,157 853 300
1990 < 5 -- 920 283
1989 10 7,612 955 265
1988 9 7,900 1,002 239
1987 7 9,071 947 245
1986 10 6,752 1,007 233
1985 9 7,126 1,072 220
1984 11 6,019 1,148 203
1983 11 5,930 1,191 199
1982 14 5,012 1,240 200
1981 9 6,958 1,305 193
1980 17 4,381 1,369 180
1979 18 4,093 1,401 171
1978 7 7,867 1,380 171
1977 16 4,280 1,485 161
1976 16 4,012 1,488 160
1975 14 4,420 1,513 161
1974 15 4,087 1,643 150
1973 11 4,973 1,679 149
1972 16 3,764 1,768 147
1971 21 3,196 2,099 143
1970 19 3,341 2,305 143
1969 21 2,938 2,360 130
1968 12 4,067 2,243 130
1967 21 2,721 2,349 128
1966 8 4,991 2,506 122
1965 22 2,624 2,575 124
1964 24 2,556 2,816 124
1963 20 2,807 2,907 122
1962 24 2,479 2,852 127
1961 27 2,311 3,091 123
1960 24 2,457 3,190 120
1959 22 2,477 3,334 118
1958 24 2,341 3,515 113
1957 18 2,753 3,783 101
1956 28 2,066 3,949 94
1955 15 3,013 3,975 90
1954 16 2,812 4,200 87
1953 14 2,977 4,100 87
1952 23 2,149 4,118 87
1951 16 2,619 4,385 83
1950 19 2,278 4,305 81
1949 31 1,717 4,346 76
1948 20 2,207 4,512 76
1947 15 2,675 4,787 74
1946 13 2,776 4,396 71
1945 22 1,808 4,003 60
1944 30 1,498 4,043 59
1943 25 1,716 4,172 61
1942 25 1,678 4,078 61
1941 21 1,761 3,724 61
1940 21 1,759 3,696 58
1939 18 1,904 3,687 55
1938 34 1,252 3,707 55
1937 15 2,116 3,758 53
1936 30 1,329 3,714 55
1935 21 1,686 3,696 55
1934 27 1,423 3,851 51
1933 33 1,250 3,675 50
1932 35 1,224 4,165 47
1931 34 1,246 4,297 47
1930 34 1,296 4,786 43
1929 39 1,200 4,754 43
1928 46 1,120 4,940 43
1927 51 1,072 5,207 41
1926 37 1,289 5,438 37
1925 45 1,153 5,492 37
1924 39 1,287 5,685 37
1923 28 1,566 5,371 38
1922 34 1,380 5,502 37
1921 26 1,687 5,698 38
1920 35 1,323 5,566 37
1919 25 1,616 5,296 36
1918 32 1,365 5,527 37
1917 15 2,233 5,055 37
1916 27 1,416 4,823 36
1915 23 1,539 4,787 35
1914 18 1,563 3,632 38
1913 11 1,935 2,940 34
1912 9 2,032 2,569 32
1911 11 1,482 1,338 32
1910 5 2,528 1,167 31
1909 7 1,828 885 34
1908 5 2,216 1,000 31
1907 9 1,430 978 30
1906 < 5 -- 943 28
1905 8 1,460 845 31
1904 9 1,297 749 32
1903 < 5 -- 764 30
1902 6 1,661 790 29
1901 9 1,163 691 28
1900 5 2,023 1,012 30
1899 5 1,681 744 27
1898 7 1,414 839 28
1897 < 5 -- 785 27
1896 < 5 -- 764 29
1895 11 1,009 834 24
1894 < 5 -- 821 24
1893 5 1,497 796 23
1892 14 807 805 26
1891 < 5 -- 715 22
1890 < 5 -- 774 22
1889 9 921 736 23
1888 6 1,183 766 27
1887 7 977 653 23
1886 5 1,162 668 25
1885 < 5 -- 718 21
1884 < 5 -- 690 25
1883 < 5 -- 641 23
1882 < 5 -- 642 27
1881 < 5 -- 571 25
1880 < 5 -- 615 26

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.