The name Earl is of English origin and means "Pledge, Nobleman." The origin is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word--the language in which it most appears.
Earl is a name derived from the British title. An earl is a nobleman ranking above a viscount and below a marquess. From the Old English word eorl.
Famous Earls include Earl Hamner, Jr., author and television writer of The Waltons, Earl Campbell, American football player, Earl Scruggs, musician, Earl Stephens, rapper, and Earl Warren, 14th Chief Justice of the United States.
My Name is Earl was a television show from 2005-2009.