Earl Name Meaning & Origin

Earl

Pronunciation: ERL (key)

Origin of the name Earl:

Derived from earl (an earl, a nobleman), which is from the Old English eorl (nobleman, count).

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Earle, Earlie, Early

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Earl and Lear are anagrams of each other; they contain the same letters.

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Meanings and history of the name Earl

The Anglo-Saxon form of 'Jarl' (chieftain). Per Scandinavia, it holds the noble rank of 'duke' or 'count'. In the contemporary United States, for instance, this rank is equivalent to a county commissioner (the 'king/queen' could be thought of as the state governor).

Famous real-life people named Earl

Earl Averill, Baseball Hall of Fame center fielder.
Earl Warren, former U.S. Chief Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court
Earl Campbell, American Football Hall of Fame running back.
Earl Scruggs, American bluegrass musician.
Earl Klugh. American jazz guitarist.
Earl "Curly" Lambeau, first coach and founder of the Green Bay Packers. Lambeau Field is named in his honor.
Earl Boykins, American professional basketball player.
Earl Thomas, American football safety for the Seattle Seahawks.
Earl Long, former Governor of Louisiana.
James Earl Jones, American actor.
Robert Earl Buckley, American actor

Earl in song, story & screen

Earl™ (emulated architecture lyre)
Earl J. Hickey, main character from the t.v. series 'My Name Is Earl'
Earl Sneed Sinclair, Dinosaur father on the TV series "Dinosaurs"
E.A.R.L., short for Electronic Automatic Robotic Lighthouse, is a system that controls an automated lighthouse in Springfield.
in an episode of "The Simpsons" from 1997 titled "El Viaje Misterioso de Nuestro Jomer(The Mysterious Voyage of Homer)
Earl, alien rapper from the "Toejam & Earl" video games for Sega Genesis, ToeJam is red and has three legs. Earl is fat and orange.

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