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Quick Facts on Earl

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • N/A
Simple meaning:
Chieftain, nobleman

Characteristics of Earl

  • Multi-talented
  • Intuitive
  • Oneness
  • Idealistic
  • Philanthropy
  • Independent
  • Perfection

Etymology & Historical Origin - Earl

Earl comes from the Olde English word “eorl” meaning “nobleman, chieftain, warrior” and was given as a title of nobility (during the Middle Ages an “earl” was essentially the equivalent to the continental European “count”). Today in Britain, an Earl ranks higher than a Viscount but lower than a Marquis. The old Anglo-Saxon “eorl” was the basically opposite of “ceorl” meaning “common man, freeman, but one without rank” (from the Germanic “karl”). An Earl was a member of the peerage and was so given an aristocratic title worthy of such a man. As a masculine given name Earl came into usage in the 19th century. Bestowing a lofty hereditary title on one’s son has become more popular in modern times (consider Duke, Marquis, Prince, King or even Messiah!). It could be said that Earl was the first of such names to convert into a given name.

Popularity of the Name Earl

The name Earl rose to popularity in the United States in the 19th century. In fact, in the year 1880 (the first year we have available trend data), Earl was ranked at position #52 nationwide. The name even got as high as #20 in 1894. In other words, at one point in American history Earl was quite a fashionable name. It maintained Top 100 status on the charts all the way through the mid-20th century (1954). And that, my friends, was pretty much the beginning of the end for old Earl. The name dropped from usage slow and steady from there and then pretty much went into a freefall nosedive in the 1990s. In fact, 2006 is the last year Earl can claim Top 1000 status in America. It’s totally passé today. As we cross over into the 21st century, American parents are more apt to name their baby boys Marquis or Prince over Duke or Earl.
Popularity of the Boy Name Earl
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Earl

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Earl

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Earl

    Earl We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Earl.

  • Popular Songs on Earl

    Popular Songs on Earl

    Earl of Roseland - a song by Styx

    Earl That's Yo' Life - a song by Otis and Shug E-40 [explicit]

    Goodbye Earl - a song by Dixie Chicks

    The Ballad of Earl Grey and Chamomile - a song by Dada

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Earl

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Earl

    Earl and Pearl, The Christmas Squirrels (John Patrick Rock) - A family charitably feeds hungry birds during the harsh winter months, but ignores two equally-deserving backyard squirrels. The Christmas Season inspires this family to extend goodwill to all creatures, in addition to humankind. This unique theme invites children to unite traditional Christmas feelings with a commitment to our natural world. Full-color illustrations illuminate the book. The story is told in rhyme. Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Earl Charles Squirrel (Anne Schmidt Koenig) - Geared to elementary school-age children, this chapter book is about a young squirrel who is nuts about genealogy. The tale describes a concept of genealogy record-keeping; but, more importantly, it emphasizes how the characters are much more than their number codes. Key themes include diversity, kindness, generosity and individual responsibility. The book includes separate vocabulary and genealogy worksheet sections. Recommended for ages 7-10.

    Earl The Earthworm Digs for His Life (Tim Magner) - The story about the coming of age of a simple earthworm captures the attention of the youngest reader and won't let go. From the first wiggle, Earl takes us deep into his world and together we explore his surroundings and learn about his connections to nature. Packed with colorful illustrations of bees, grasses and trees, the journey of Earl the Earthworm is as engaging as it is inspiring. To top it off, amazing footnote facts make this instant classic extra entertaining for any child. A heartwarming tale--you'll be rooting for Earl by the end! Recommended for ages 5-8.

    Earl the Squirrel (Don Freeman) - Earl the Squirrel’s mom wants him to learn how to find his own acorns. But Earl doesn’t even know where to begin. He is determined, though, to show his mother that he can find them. With the help of his red scarf—and a few animals along the way—Earl embarks on an all-night search. But will he ever be able to locate an acorn? Recommended for ages 3-7.

    Earl the Squirrel (George Scheber) - Award winning children's storybook about a little squirrel with a very big front tooth. Delightfully humorous, Earl the Squirrel teached children the important lesson of learning to love ourselves. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Earl's Too Cool for Me (Leah Komaiko) - The antics and adventures of cool boy Earl include riding on the Milky Way, growing a rose from his fingernails, and swinging with gorillas. Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Earl

    Famous People Named Earl

    Famous People Named Earl - Earl Warren (former Chief Justice); Earl Graves (African-American businessman); Earl "Curly" Lambeau (founding coach of the Green Bay Packers); Earl Averill (baseball player); Earl Woods (father of Tiger Woods); Earl Barron (basketball player); Earl Monroe (basketball player); Earl Battey (baseball player); Earl Campbell (football player); Earl Clark (basketball player); Earl Scruggs (musician); Earl Weaver (baseball manager)

  • Children of Famous People Named Earl

    Children of Famous People Named Earl

    Famous People who Named Their Son Earl - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Earl.

Personality of the Boy Name Earl

The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.

Variations of the Baby Name - Earl

  • No Variations Found.
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