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Cale Name Meaning

English: variant of Kale a habitational name from the villages of East and West Keal in Lincolnshire which are named from Old Norse kjǫlr ‘ridge’. English: variant of Call . Americanized form of German Kehl or Keil and also of Kahl . Compare Cail and Kale . Italian (southern; Calè): variant of Calia . French (Calé): from an adjectival derivative of Old French cale ‘close-fitting cap’ hence a nickname for someone who wore such a cap. This surname is very rare in France; in North America it may thus (also) be an altered form of some other similar (like-sounding) French surname. Croatian (Čale rarely Ćale): nickname from ćale ‘daddy’ also ‘father-in-law’.7: Possibly also an Americanized form of Dutch Kale .

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Cane, Cape, Call, Case, Kale, Sale, Cole, Cave, Caple, Dale

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Where is the Cale family from?

You can see how Cale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cale families were found in USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 193 Cale families living in Ontario. This was about 57% of all the recorded Cale's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Cale families in 1911.
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What did your Cale ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Cale. 33% of Cale men worked as a Farmer and 40% of Cale women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cale were Salesman and Stenographer. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Carpenter
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Student
  • Domestic
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Cale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cale census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Cale. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Cale. For the veterans among your Cale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Cale lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Cale in 1944 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

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