Last name origins & meanings:
- 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’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
- English: nickname from Old English eorllīc ‘manly’,
‘noble’, a derivative of eorl (see Earl).
- Americanized spelling of German Ehrle.
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