Meaning and Origin of: Earl

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Nobleman

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Last name origin & meaning:

  • English : originally, like most of the English names derived from the ranks of nobility, either a nickname or an occupational name for a servant employed in a noble household. The vocabulary word is a native one, from Old English eorl ‘nobleman’, and in the Middle Ages was often used as an equivalent of Norman Count.