Gender: Feminine
Origin: Faroese/Icelandic
Meaning: “wagtail.”

The name could be of one or two origins, it could be derived from the Faroese and Icelandic word for the wagtail, maríuerla. It could also very well be an Old Norse feminine form of Jarl.

The name is also a masculine Finnish form of Erlend.

As of 2010, Erla was the 7th most popular female name in the Faroe Islands.