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Early meaning and name origin
Early \e(a)-rly, ear-ly\ as a boy's name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Early is "eagle wood". Also possibly means "earl's meadow", or from the English word "early". Confederate General Jubal Early.
Early has 4 variant forms: Earley, Earlie, Erlie and Erly.
For more information, see also the related name Earl.
Baby names that sound like Early are Earle, Arly, Erle, Erl, Jarl, Warley and Yarley.
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Popularity of Early
Early is not a popular first name for men but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1994 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby names popularity of the name Early for boys. (2012 statistics) Compare Early with its variant forms and related boy baby names.