Earl

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291k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Earl mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Earl

"Earl" is a name of English origin, and it means "Pledge, Nobleman". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Earl
A nobleman of England ranking below a marquis, and above a viscount. The rank of an earl corresponds to that of a count comte) in France, and graf in Germany. Hence the wife of an earl is still called countess. See Count.

Etymology: OE. eorl erl, AS. eorl man, noble; akin to OS. erl boy, man, Icel. jarl nobleman, count, and possibly to Gr. � male, Zend arshan man. Cf. Jarl

noun Earl
The needlefish.
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  1. A British peer ranking below a marquess and above a viscount
Wiktionary
  1. The title of an earl.
  2. (chiefly US) A male given name from the English noun earl.
  3. A surname​ for service in the household of an earl, or from a nickname.
  4. A female given name

Notable Persons Named Earl

DMX is a hip hop music musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1991 to present. DMX was given the name Earl Simmons on December 18th, 1970 in , U.S.

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Earl Sweatshirt is a hip hop music, alternative hip hop, and horrorcore rapping, record producer, actor, songwriter, and musician. He plays Keyboard instrument, Drum kit, Modulation, and Vocals. He was most active from 2008 to 2010. Earl was given the name Thebe Neruda Kgositsile on February 24th, 1994 in Chicago. Earl is also known as randomblackdude, Sly Tendencies, Early Man, and Sly Tendencies.

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Earl Warren was a District Attorney of Alameda County, 20th Attorney General of California, and District Attorney ofAlameda County. His career lasted from 1953 to 1969. His military service ended in 1918. Earl was born on March 19th, 1891 in Los Angeles. He passed away on July 9th, 1974.

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E-40 is a hip hop music rapping. His most notable accomplishments were from 1986 to present. E-40 was given the name Earl Stevens on November 15th, 1967 in Vallejo, California, U.S.

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Earl Holliman is an actor. His career lasted from 1953 to 1953. Earl was given the name Henry Earl Holliman on September 11th, 1928 in Delhi, Louisiana, U.S.

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Earl Hindman was a film and television actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1967 to 2003. Earl was given the name Earl John Hindman on October 3rd, 1942 in Bisbee, Arizona. He breathed his last breath on December 29th, 2003.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Earl

Holly Earl is an actress. She was most prominent from 1997 to 1997. Holly was born on August 31st, 1992 in London.

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Esther Earl was a nerdfighter, online personality, author, internet vlogger, and nerdfighteria. Esther was given the name Esther Grace Earl on August 3rd, 1994 in Beverly, Massachusetts. She left this life on August 25th, 2010.

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Harley J. Earl was an automotive designer, executive, automotive design, senior management, and automotive designer andexecutive. Harley was born on November 22nd, 1893 in Hollywood, California, United States. He left this life on April 10th, 1969.

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David was born in 1971.

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Rae Earl is a writer and broadcaster. Rae was given the name Rachel Earl on December 13th, 1971 in Stamford, Lincolnshire. Rae is also known as Rae Earl Johnson, Rachel Earl Johnson, Earl, and Rachel.

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Roger Earl is a blues rock, blues, and rock music musician. He was most prominent from 1966 to present. Roger was born on May 16th, 1946 in Hampton Court Palace, London, England.

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How popular is the baby name Earl in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 335 0 335 #52 boy name
1881 319 5 314 #49 boy name
1882 377 0 377 #49 boy name
1883 389 0 389 #42 boy name
1884 464 0 464 #41 boy name
1885 481 0 481 #36 boy name
1886 578 8 570 #31 boy name
1887 537 0 537 #32 boy name
1888 675 0 675 #29 boy name
1889 688 0 688 #28 boy name
1890 744 0 744 #25 boy name
1891 684 10 674 #25 boy name
1892 902 14 888 #21 boy name
1893 831 12 819 #21 boy name
1894 905 9 896 #20 boy name
1895 861 10 851 #22 boy name
1896 905 13 892 #21 boy name
1897 840 11 829 #24 boy name
1898 890 7 883 #25 boy name
1899 827 6 821 #23 boy name
1900 1,049 12 1,037 #28 boy name
1901 832 14 818 #23 boy name
1902 888 11 877 #27 boy name
1903 846 9 837 #27 boy name
1904 868 14 854 #29 boy name
1905 920 16 904 #29 boy name
1906 922 10 912 #29 boy name
1907 1,022 16 1,006 #28 boy name
1908 1,013 14 999 #32 boy name
1909 1,027 20 1,007 #31 boy name
1910 1,117 8 1,109 #33 boy name
1911 1,317 12 1,305 #34 boy name
1912 2,539 21 2,518 #34 boy name
1913 3,133 23 3,110 #31 boy name
1914 3,875 33 3,842 #33 boy name
1915 4,935 27 4,908 #33 boy name
1916 5,583 30 5,553 #32 boy name
1917 5,678 46 5,632 #32 boy name
1918 6,365 43 6,322 #31 boy name
1919 6,016 41 5,975 #31 boy name
1920 6,584 52 6,532 #31 boy name
1921 6,798 43 6,755 #31 boy name
1922 6,512 52 6,460 #31 boy name
1923 6,372 34 6,338 #31 boy name
1924 6,585 56 6,529 #33 boy name
1925 6,501 65 6,436 #31 boy name
1926 6,500 57 6,443 #32 boy name
1927 6,459 55 6,404 #33 boy name
1928 6,038 71 5,967 #37 boy name
1929 5,806 66 5,740 #36 boy name
1930 5,639 73 5,566 #38 boy name
1931 5,098 55 5,043 #40 boy name
1932 4,862 42 4,820 #41 boy name
1933 4,408 33 4,375 #41 boy name
1934 4,672 45 4,627 #41 boy name
1935 4,265 46 4,219 #46 boy name
1936 4,136 30 4,106 #47 boy name
1937 3,967 24 3,943 #48 boy name
1938 4,034 27 4,007 #50 boy name
1939 3,920 26 3,894 #50 boy name
1940 3,967 23 3,944 #52 boy name
1941 3,834 30 3,804 #58 boy name
1942 4,080 33 4,047 #62 boy name
1943 4,213 28 4,185 #60 boy name
1944 3,901 26 3,875 #65 boy name
1945 3,591 25 3,566 #71 boy name
1946 3,847 16 3,831 #82 boy name
1947 4,262 20 4,242 #83 boy name
1948 3,998 21 3,977 #83 boy name
1949 3,670 16 3,654 #91 boy name
1950 3,606 17 3,589 #92 boy name
1951 3,584 17 3,567 #95 boy name
1952 3,477 18 3,459 #98 boy name
1953 3,453 19 3,434 #96 boy name
1954 3,439 22 3,417 #98 boy name
1955 3,273 19 3,254
1956 3,315 16 3,299
1957 3,150 16 3,134
1958 2,815 18 2,797
1959 2,705 19 2,686
1960 2,580 16 2,564
1961 2,542 17 2,525
1962 2,316 14 2,302
1963 2,178 21 2,157
1964 2,211 16 2,195
1965 1,961 13 1,948
1966 1,771 19 1,752
1967 1,661 9 1,652
1968 1,667 13 1,654
1969 1,638 17 1,621
1970 1,643 15 1,628
1971 1,513 11 1,502
1972 1,268 17 1,251
1973 1,171 15 1,156
1974 1,086 7 1,079
1975 1,037 14 1,023
1976 954 13 941
1977 1,013 10 1,003
1978 937 10 927
1979 909 16 893
1980 911 11 900
1981 875 9 866
1982 891 8 883
1983 776 8 768
1984 791 9 782
1985 692 0 692
1986 658 7 651
1987 633 12 621
1988 640 5 635
1989 602 0 602
1990 570 0 570
1991 539 0 539
1992 474 0 474
1993 448 0 448
1994 381 0 381
1995 321 0 321
1996 319 0 319
1997 278 0 278
1998 309 0 309
1999 270 0 270
2000 245 0 245
2001 230 0 230
2002 201 0 201
2003 199 0 199
2004 178 0 178
2005 183 0 183
2006 187 0 187
2007 170 0 170
2008 170 0 170
2009 140 0 140
2010 115 0 115
2011 115 0 115
2012 123 0 123
2013 98 0 98
2014 105 0 105
2015 128 0 128
2016 110 0 110
2017 111 0 111

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Popularity of Earl as a first name

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Popularity of Earl as a last name

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Common last names for Earl

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Anderson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thompson
  • Thomas
  • Clark
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Harris
  • Jackson
  • Robinson
  • Hall

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Earl U.S.
  White 72.35% 64.26%
  African American 21.36% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.71% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.73% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.14% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.71% 16.26%

Of Last Name Earl

People with the last name Earl are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Earl

  • What name lists does Earl rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Earl? Earl is the 250th most popular name of all time. As a last name Earl was the 2,270th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Earl have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 290,755 babies born with the first name Earl in the United States. That's more than enough people named Earl to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Earl? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 335 new born babies.
  • When was Earl first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Earl is Sunday, February 11th, 1855.
  • What year had the most people named Earl born? The highest recorded use of the first name Earl was in 1921 with a total of 6,755 babies. That's a lot of babies named Earl!
  • Random Earl Factoid: According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Earl ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Arkansas. Imagine that, 34 babies in Arkansas have the same name as you in 1968.
  • Weird things about the name Earl: Your name in reverse order is Lrae. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rela. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Earl? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 16,027 people with the last name Earl.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Earl? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Earl as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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