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Where did the English Earl family come from? What is the English Earl family crest and coat of arms? When did the Earl family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Earl family history?The ancient history of the Earl name begins with the ancient Anglo-Saxon tribes of Britain. The name is derived from when the family resided in the parish of Earley, in the diocese of Oxford.
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Earl include Earl, Earle, Earll, Earlls, Erle, Irle, Urles, Urle, Erl, Earls, Earles, Earlie, Earlee, Erlegh, Erligh, Erleigh, Earleigh and many more.
First found in the County of Somerset. The surname originates from a Saxon word "eorl" or "jarl" which described the elder or wise man of the village. In time the name came to mean the leader or ruler and finally, during mediaeval times it was used to signify a nobleman of the highest rank.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Earl research. Another 649 words (46 lines of text) covering the years 1086, 1120, 1160, 1616, 1653, 1662, 1859, 1812, 1812, 1590, 1667, 1586, 1665, 1614, 1648, 1615, 1615, 1678, 1758, 1601, 1665, 1650 and 1720 are included under the topic Early Earl History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 241 words (17 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Earl Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Some of the Earl family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 77 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Earl or a variant listed above:
Earl Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Earl Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Earl Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Earl Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
Earl Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
Earl Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
Earl Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.
Motto: Ne Tentes Aut Perfice
Motto Translation: Attempt not or accomplish.
The Earl Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Earl Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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