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Earls Surname Meaning

English: variant of Earl with genitival -s denoting someone who was a member of an earl's household or with post-medieval excrescent -s. In Ireland when this is not the English name it is from Gaelic Mac an Iarla ‘son of the earl’.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Earll, Earl, Earle, Early, Earles, Vails, Bares, Searls, Kearns

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Where is the Earls family from?

You can see how Earls families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Earls family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Earls families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 22 Earls families living in New York. This was about 35% of all the recorded Earls's in USA. New York had the highest population of Earls families in 1840.
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What did your Earls ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Earls. 27% of Earls men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Earls women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Earls were Farm Laborer and New Worker. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Truck Driver
  • Farm Laborer

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
  • Housekeeper
  • Laborer
  • New Worker
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Earls. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Earls. For the veterans among your Earls ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Earls lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Earls life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Earls in 1942 was 20, and 71 in 2004.

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