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What does Early mean?

Early Pronunciation of Early [ear-ly] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Early is "eagle wood". Could be derived from Old English term eorlic for "noble". Also possibly means "earl's meadow", or from the English word "early", which has the same meaning as the Gaelic name Mochan. Confederate General Jubal Early.

Associated with: old english, eagle, wood (tree), old, meadow, gaelic.


Early has 4 variants: Earley, Earlie, Erlie and Erly.

Affiliated boy name: Earl.

Creative forms:
(male) Earel, Earey, ..

(female) Earel, Earela, ..

Middle name pairings:
Early Dezmond (E.D.), ..

How popular is Early?

Early is a rare given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#2396 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Early reached its apex position of #400 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not found in the list at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Early name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Early outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular alternative forms of Early are Earl (#1348 from recent data), Earley and Earlie. Usage of these relations of Early was widespread a century ago (usage of 0.75%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.01%, down 99.1%), with versions like Early becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Early, Earl, Earley, Earlie in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Early and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Early is alike in pronunciation to Arley, Arlo, Arly, Arrlo, Warley and Yarley. Other recommended names are Baily, Baxly, Bayly, Birly, Caily, Carly, Charly, Daily, Daly, Eagle, Earle, Elrey, Elroy, Ely, Erl, Erle, Everly, Farly, Farnly (see Farnley), Hadly, Hagly, Haily (see Haley), Hanly, Harly, Hawly, Hurly, Karoly, Manly, Marly, Morly, Oakly, Pauly, Radly, Rawly, Wadly, Wally and Yardly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Early.

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