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What does Errol mean?

Errol Pronunciation of Errol as a boys' name is pronounced AIR-ul. Scottish surname that derives from a place name associated with Earl. The earls of Erroll, hereditary High Constables of Scotland, are prominent Scottish aristocrats. May also be linked to Latin errare meaning "to wander". Made familiar in the 1930s due to Errol Flynn, famous for his swashbuckling roles. Black pianist Erroll Garner.


ASSOCIATED WITH surname, high (great), famous, black (dark)


VARIANTS Erol, Erroll, Erryl, Erryle, Eryle, Rollo

RELATIONS VIA EARL Earle, Early, Erl, Erle, Irl

(male) Erel, ..

(female) Erel, ..

Errol Yosef (E.Y.), ..

How popular is Errol?

Errol is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#764 out of 1220, Top 63%) but an unusual surname for all people. (2000 U.S. CENSUS)

Errol entered the list in 1890-1899 and reached its highest rank of #473 in the U.S. in the 1940s, but is not found in the list at the moment. (2018 BIRTH STATISTICS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent varying forms of Errol ranked in the Top 2000 are Earl (#1664 THE PREVIOUS YEAR), Earle, Early, Erle, Erroll, Irl and Rollo. Adoption of these relations of Errol was common among parents in the 1890s (MEDIAN #935) and is now much less (#1958, 99%).

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

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

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

Similar Names

Errol is pronounced similarly to Airel, Arel, Ariel, Aryel, Aurel, Oral, Orel, Oriel, Orrel and Uriel. Other suggested similar-sounding names are Carrol, Darrol, Eero, Efron, Elrod, Elroi, Elroy, Ercole, Ercolo (see Ercole), Erl, Erno, Eron, Eros, Erric, Erron, Evron and Karol. These names tend to be less frequently used than Errol.