Meaning and Origin of Erie - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Erie

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Old English : Nobleman
  • English : A nobleman; variation of Earl

Family name origins & meanings:

  • Origin uncertain. It may be derived from the place name Erie, the name of one of the Great Lakes and various counties and townships on its southern shores. The etymology is from the name of an American Indian people who lived there before the arrival of Europeans, and indeed the surname may denote a member of this people. Their name is said to mean ‘cat’ or ‘cat people’.