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.


wh_1st_earl_of_clarendonGender: Masculine
Origin: Swedish/Norwegian
Meaning: “descendant of the Chief.”

He has a surnamey appeal and not a bad ring. This popular Scandinavian male name is a derivative of the Old Norse word jarl meaning “chief” in modern English this would correspond with the word earl. Its designated name-day is October 11. An Icelandic form is Erlingur.