Dating before christ and anno domini
Few earldoms were created during the post-conquest period.
However, the earls represented only a small proportion of the English nobility.
This document sets out the families of the English earldoms which were created during the period between the Norman conquest and 1122, in approximate chronological order of their first creation.
Two companion documents show the families of earls whose earldoms were created between 11, and between 12.
A notable example is provided by the Tosny family (see the document NORMANDY NOBILITY).
The first post-conquest earldoms were Chester, Hereford, Huntingdon (with Northampton), Kent, Norfolk and Shrewsbury (Shropshire).
The inevitable conclusion is that the territorial epithet was not considered exclusive at the time.