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Irish Surname - Earl

Origin of the Irish Surname Earl

The surname Earl is not an Irish surname, but rather of English and Scottish origin. It derives from the Old English word "eorl" or the Old Norse word "jarl," both of which mean "nobleman" or "chieftain." This surname was given to those who held a high-ranking position or status in society. The Earl surname and its variations are relatively rare in Ireland but can still be found in some areas, particularly in Ulster, where English and Scottish settlers arrived during the plantation period.

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Variations of the Irish Surname Earl

Coat of Arms and Motto of the Irish Surname Earl

As the surname Earl is of English and Scottish origin, it does not have an Irish coat of arms or motto. However, there are multiple coats of arms and mottos associated with the surname in its English and Scottish contexts. One example of an English coat of arms for the Earl surname features a silver shield with a red cross and five red crescents. The Scottish coat of arms for the Earle variation features a blue shield with a silver chevron and three silver crescents. Mottos associated with the surname Earl and its variations may vary depending on the specific family lineage.

Please Note

There is often limited information available on a specific coat of arms and motto for an Irish surname. Sometimes there are many variations, sometimes none, we have compiled a representative, but by no means exhaustive, selection. Please visit our Coat of Arms and Motto page for more information.

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