The meaning of the name Earl is Pledge, Nobleman. The origin of the name Earl is English. This is the culture in which the name originated, or in the case of a word, the language.
A British nobleman ranking above a viscount and below a marquess. From the Old English word "eorl." The word earl originally denoted a man of noble rank, as opposed to a churl. Denoted a hereditary nobleman directly above the rank of thane. "My Name is Earl" television show. Earl Hamner, Jr., writer.