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". 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 not a popular first name for males but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#1994 out of 88799, Top 2%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Early for boys. Early reached its highest rank of #400 in the U.S. in 1890-1899 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Early and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Early, Earlie and Earl. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Early▼ is also pronounced similarly to Arly, Warley and Yarley. Other suggested similar baby names are Carly, Earle▼, Erl, Erle, Farly, Harly and Marly. These names tend to be more commonly used than Early.