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What does Erle mean?

Erle Pronunciation of Erle [er-le] as a boys' name is of Old English origin, and the meaning of the name Erle is "nobleman, warrior, prince". Erle is an alternate spelling of Earl (Old English).

Associated with: old english, nobleman, warrior, prince (king).


Erle has 3 variants: Earle, Erl and Irl.

5 more alternative forms via Earl: Earlie, Early, Errol, Erroll and Erryl.

Creative forms:
(male) Erel, Erli, ..

(female) Erce, Erel, ..

Middle name pairings:
Erle Jaeden (E.J.), ..

How popular is Erle?

Erle is an uncommonly occurring given name for males but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#68782 out of 150436, Top 46%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Erle reached its peak position of #1363 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Popular related forms of Erle are Earl (#1348 in 2015), Earle, Earlie, Early, Errol, Erroll and Irl. Other variants, like Erl, are seldom used. These relations of Erle were popular during 1890-1899 (usage of 0.8%) and have become much less widespread since (usage 0.01%, down 99%), with versions such as Errol becoming less trendy.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Errol, Erroll, Irl in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended names are Able, Bale, Berle, Burle, Cale, Cole, Dale, Eagle, Earley, Ebbe, Eberle, Eike, Elex, Eli, Elie, Elli, Ely, Emile, Emlen, Enne, Eran, Ercole, Ercule, Erek, Erez, Eri, Eric, Erie, Erik, Erin, Eriq, Erix, Erki, Erlend, Erlie, Erly, Ermes, Ern, Ernie, Erno, Erol, Eron, Eros, Erryle (see Errol), Erv, Erve, Eryk, Eryle, Esme, Gale, Hale, Jule, Kale, Karle, Kile, Kyle, Lale, Lyle, Merle, Nile, Ole, Olle, Vale, Verle, Virle, Vyrle, Wole, Yale, Yule and Zale. These names tend to be more commonly used than Erle.

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