Could it not just be an abbreviated "Ernest" for Ernestine?
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Fritz Neubauer, North Germany
Ronald Wallace ronald@... asked:
I recently found a photograph of my Great Grandparents together with their
six children. The picture was taken about 1892 in Berlin.
I have everyone's birth dates confirmed both by Birth Certificates and
entries in our Family Bible.
However the ages of the youngest 3 children make no sense unless one of them
named Ernst is in fact a girl.
Does anyone have any knowledge of whether Girls in the late 1800's
(1870-1880) might have been called Ernst. This is the only way that the
picture would make any sense.