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What does Early mean?

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.


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

For more information, see also the related boy name Earl.

Early has 7 more related forms via Mochan: Machen, Machent, Machin, Machon, Mason, Massen and Masson.


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)

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Early name in U.S.

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

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 (usage of 0.5273%) and is now significantly less (usage 0.2493%, down 52.7%), with the versions Earl and Early becoming less trendy. Mason (#3) is the most contemporarily stylish baby name in this compilation, and there is a resurgence in birth name usage for this name. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Earl, Earlie, Early, Mason in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.