Meaning and Name Origin
Early \e(a)-rly, 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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Earl.
Early is a rare given name for males but a very popular last name for both adults and children (#1994 out of 88799, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Presented below is the birth name popularity of Early for boys. 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 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Below is a graphed analysis of the usage of Early and affiliated names. Popular alternative forms of Early are Mason (#3 last year), Earlie and Earl. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1890-1899 and is now significantly less, with the versions Early and Earl becoming less trendy. Mason (#3) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation, with this name having a resurgence in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Early▼ is alike in pronunciation to Arly, Warley and Yarley. Other recommended similar baby names are Carly, Earle▼, Erl, Erle, Farly, Harly and Marly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Early.