Early Surname Origin
(Origin English) 1. Belonging to Early (Berks) = probably Eorl's or Eorla's Lea [under Earl, and + Middle English ley, Old English leah]. 2. Manly [Old English earlic/earllic]. 3. a nickname [Middle English erly, Old English aerlic].
Source: Surnames of the United Kingdom, A Concise Etymological Dictionary; Henry Harrison; Vol.1 & 2.; The Eaton Press, 190 Ebury Street, London, S.W; 1912.
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