Type Surname (from nickname & from occupation)
Usage English
Pronounced Pron. URL
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Meaning & History

From the aristocratic title, which derives from Old English eorl meaning "nobleman, warrior". It was either a nickname for one who acted like an earl, or an occupational name for a person employed by an earl.

Related Names

VariantEarls

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Entry updated December 14, 2019