Name: Earnest

Origin and Meaning of the Name Earnest

  • Meaning:
    Earnest, serious
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  • Meaning:
    Earnest; serious
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    (UR nest)
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Miscellaneous Info for Earnest

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    English speaking countries
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    Earnest as a name was rendered famous by Oscar Wilde's play 'The Importance of Being Earnest', a comedy of manners where he plays with the quality of being earnest, making it resound with the name of same origins Ernest.
    This hilarious play is set in England during the Victorian era, and its primary source of humour is based upon the main character John's fictitious younger brother Ernest.

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