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Early Name Meaning

Irish: translation of Gaelic Ó Mocháin (see Mohan; Gaelic moch means ‘early’ or ‘timely’), or of some other similar surname, for example Ó Mochóir, a shortened form of Ó Mochéirghe, Ó Maoil-Mhochéirghe, from a personal name meaning ‘early rising’. English: habitational name from any of various places, such as Earley in Berkshire and Arley in Cheshire, Lancashire, Warwickshire, and Worcestershire, which derive their names from Old English earn ‘eagle’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. English: nickname from Old English eorllic ‘manly’, ‘noble’, a derivative of eorl (see Earl). Americanized spelling of German Ehrle.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Barley, Earl, Marley, Earley, Harty, Carby, Earp, Earle, Earll

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Where is the Early family from?

You can see how Early families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Early family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Early families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 29 Early families living in Ohio. This was about 15% of all the recorded Early's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Early families in 1840.
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What did your Early ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Early. 17% of Early men worked as a Laborer and 9% of Early women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Early were Truck Driver and Stenographer.

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Stenographer
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Passenger Lists

There are 11,000 immigration records available for the last name Early. 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 17,000 military records available for the last name Early. For the veterans among your Early ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Early lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Early life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Early in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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