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What does Earl mean?

Earl Pronunciation of Earl as a boys' name is pronounced erl. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Earl is "nobleman, warrior, prince". Name based on the English title, originally a nickname similar to Baron, Duke or King. The title was used as an equivalent of the French comte meaning Count, from Old English eorl. Use as a given name may also be from the surname, originally a nickname for people who worked for the aristocratic household of an earl. Author Erle Stanley Gardner; actor Errol Flynn; basketball celebrity Earl ("the Pearl") Monroe; musician Earl Scruggs; Chief Justice of the American Supreme Court Earl Warren.


ASSOCIATED WITH old english, warrior, prince (king), old, surname, worked (occupational), household, chief (leader), justice


VARIANTS Earle, Earlie, Early, Erl, Erle, Errol, Erroll, Erryl, Irl, Rollo

SEE ALSO Barnett, Jarl, Lord

RELATIONS VIA BARON, ERROL Barr, Erol, Erryle, Eryle




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How popular is Earl?

Earl is a very popular first name for men (#98 out of 1220, Top 8%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#2170 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Earl reached its apex position of #21 in the U.S. in the 1890s, and is at #1664 presently. (TOP BABY NAMES, 2018)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Earl (#1664 FROM RECENT DATA) are King (#150), Duke (#531), Baron (#1431), Barnett, Earle, Earlie, Early, Erle, Errol, Erroll, Irl and Rollo. Other forms, like Erol, are uncommon. These forms of Earl were at the apex of their popularity 128 years ago (AVERAGE #1001) and have become much less popular since (#1675, DOWN 78%), with forms like Early going out of style. King and Duke are two of the more trendy birth names in this list.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Earl, Barnett, Baron, Duke, Earle in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Earlie, Early, Erle, Errol, Erroll in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Irl, King, Rollo in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Recommended sound-alike names are Berl, Burl, Carl, Eagle, Ean, Eann, Earley, Edel, Eero, Egil, Emil, Eri, Erly, Ern, Erv, Esra, Evart, Eward, Ewart, Ezar, Ezra, Ezri, Karl and Perl. These names tend to be less frequently used than Earl.

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