It has been my experience that ~some~ of them are the same and some are not adding to the frustration of trying to sort them all out.
I think what has happened in the old records and this is just my opinion, but with so few who could spell properly Including those who kept records, the names were spelled as they ~sounded~. I have been told that the HEARL name is pronounced like EARL...so that might be why there are so many of them clustered in the same areas.
I sure wouldn't discount someone just for a spelling glitch if you found them in the same town etc.
I've seen this name spelled anyway from HeaIrl to Erle to Heurl.
In Wells, York, ME there are several EARL[e]'s and a few Heairl/Hearl's in Buxton, York, ME and yet only 2 EARL's in Biddeford, York, ME.
There are lots of them. I believe they were Heugenots (spelling...I never spell that word right).
My 5th grt. grandparents son James Moody, Jr. married a Mary HEAIRL (as her name was spelled on their Marriage record in Buxton, ME) in 1795, daughter of Joshua Heairl/Earle and Hannah Bradbury of Berwick and Hollis, York, ME.
Good Luck in your research.
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