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Gender: Male Origin of Earl: English aristocratic title

The name Earl is a boy's name of English origin. Earl and is often added to lists like Old People Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "A brother or sister for little Jack or Olivia - with middles!".

From the experts:

Earl is a title name - brought to England by the vikings - that's out of fashion right now, unlike King and Duke. Its peak popularity was in the 1920s, which gives it a dusty great-grandpa feel, but there are also younger Earls in pop culture, like the reformed criminal in "My Name is Earl".

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Famous People Named Earl

Earl Warren, U.S. Supreme Court justice and governor of California
Earl Kemp Long, American politician, governor of Louisiana
Earl Joseph Watson, American professional basketballer
Earl Simmons aka DMX, American rapper
Earl Eugene Scruggs, American bluegrass musician
Earl William Hebner, American pro wrestling referee
Earl W. Bascom, American painter
Earl "Curly" Lambeau, American founder of the Green Bay Packers NFL team
Earl Woods, father of golfer Tiger Woods
James Earl Jones, American actor
Wentworth Earl Miller, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Earl

"Goodbye Earl," song by The Dixie Chicks
Earl Hickey, main character on TV's "My Name Is Earl"
Earl Sneed Sinclair, character on TV's "Dinosaurs"
Earl Kinsella, character on TV's "Hart of Dixie"
Earl McKeever, character on TV's "American Gothic"
Earl, nickname of a car on TV's "MythBusters"
Earl Bassett, character in movie "Tremors"
"Big" Earl, character in video game series ToeJam & Earl
Earl, character in animated series "Rocko's Modern Life"
Earl Harlan, character in Welcome to Night Vale
Earl of Grantham from the TV show Downton Abbey

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GracefulLady Says:


I am growing to like this name! I had never been much of a fan of Earl until I read A Woman's Place by Lynn Austin. In this book (which I HIGHLY reccomend for great plot lines, deep characters and fabulous twists) a secondary character is Earl Seaborn. He is one of the most gentlemanly, tender-hearted, deep-feeling characters I have read of, and that is the association I now attach to wonderful Earl!
I don't know how this name would work on a little boy, but I imagine it would be positively irresistible on a freckle-faced little boy with a twinkle in his eye. He'll likely be the only young Earl he knows, but I think it would be worth it!