noun. a British nobleman of a rank below that of marquis and above that of viscount: called count for a time after the Norman conquest. The wife of an earl is a countess. (in Anglo-Saxon England) a governor of one of the great divisions of England, including East Anglia, Mercia, Northumbria, and Wessex.
Earl is the oldest title and rank of English nobles, and it was also the highest, until 1337, when Edward the Black Prince was created duke of Cornwall by Edward III. It now stands third in precedence, between marquess (1385) and viscount (1440).
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earl (ûrl) n. 1. A British nobleman next in rank above a viscount and below a marquis, corresponding to a count in continental Europe. 2. Used as a title for such a nobleman. [Middle English erl, nobleman of high rank, from Old English eorl .] American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition.
The Earl, also known as the Count, is the third most powerful among the nobility ranks. The rank of the Earl was lower than that of the Duke or the Marquess, but he could exert power over the Viscounts and Barons. The wife of the Earl was known as the Countess, as a feminine form of the title never emerged.
What is the meaning of the name Earl? The name Earl is primarily a male name of English origin that means Pledge, Nobleman. 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 ...
Earl is a popular North American given name meaning "warrior" or "nobleman"  (originally "earl" was cognate to the Germanic title of Jarl, meaning a warrior-king). The name was sometimes used among servants of actual nobiliary earls, and instances of its usage date back to 12th-century England.  Some of the holders of this name are: