earl etymology

English word earl comes from Proto-Germanic *arōną, and later Proto-Germanic *erlaz (Man, nobleman.)

Detailed word origin of earl

Dictionary entryLanguageDefinition
*arōną Proto-Germanic (gem-pro)
*erlaz Proto-Germanic (gem-pro) Man, nobleman.
eorl Old English (ca. 450-1100) (ang) Anglo-Saxon of noble rank; a nobleman ranking above a thane; alderman. Danish under-king, jarl. Warrior, brave man.
erl Middle English (1100-1500) (enm) Earl.
earl English (eng) A British or Irish nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquess; equivalent to a European count. A female using the style is termed a countess.