Origin of the Name Earle
The origin of the name Earle
was found in the allfamilycrests.com archives. The names Earle and Earl are of nickname origin from a person who served an Earl or Count. Other variants of these names include Earll, Hearle, Hurle and Hurll. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland , Scotland , and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Roger le Erle from County Cambridge, who was recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls' in the Year 1273. A Mary de Everard Earle was baptised at Saint James Clerkenwell in the Year 1705. A Robertus Erle was recorded in the 'Poll Tax' of the West Riding of Yorkshire, England , in the year 1379.
Names were recorded in these ancient documents to make it easier for their overlords to collect taxes and to keep records of the population at any given time. When the overlords acquired land by either force or gifts from their rulers, they created charters of ownership for themselves and their vassals. It was by creating, maintaining and updating these reference books that they were able to maintain their authority and enforce laws.
In Ireland the name Earle is distinct from the County Galway name of Earls, the former name having been introduced into Ulster Province during the seventeenth century. The Irish name Early is derived from the Gaelic O'Maolmoicheirghe sept name of County Leitrim.
The Earle coat of arms came into existence centuries ago. The process of creating coats of arms (also often called family crests) began in the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this. The new art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own coat of arms, including all Earle descendants.