A noble name

I don’t know the Canadian statistics, but apparently in the year 1907, the name Earl was the 28th most popular name for American boys. By 1955, the name had dropped from the top 100 boy names, and by 2006 it was in 993rd place.

I got those statistics from this article …

FALL OF EARL

THE NAME ONCE ASSOCIATED WITH ROYALTY AND PRESTIGE NOW CONJURES IMAGES OF BACKWOODS BUMPKINS

What did Earl do wrong, anyway?

Whatever it was, it must have been really, really bad because Earl is taking a beating in pop culture. He’s accused of being a wife beater, a petty crook and a crooked sheriff. He’s a dolt, a slob, a guy whose idea of fine cuisine is Cheetos and a Pabst Blue Ribbon.

There’s no doubt ol’ Earl has been typecast. Whenever an Earl walks onto the screen or saunters into the chorus of a song, he is always a lovable redneck doofus, or a malevolent redneck doofus. But always a doofus. And generally a redneck.

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Full article here.

I believe it’s time to re-elevate that noble name to its rightful place.

Signed,

Philip Earl Loseth

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