Hale Name Meaning

English (also well established in South Wales): topographic name for someone who lived in a nook or hollow, from Old English and Middle English hale, dative of h(e)alh ‘nook’, ‘hollow’. In northern England the word often has a specialized meaning, denoting a piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, typically one deposited in a bend. In southeastern England it often referred to a patch of dry land in a fen. In some cases the surname may be a habitational name from any of the several places in England named with this fossilized inflected form, which would originally have been preceded by a preposition, e.g. in the hale or at the hale. English: from a Middle English personal name derived from either of two Old English bynames, Hæle ‘hero’ or Hægel, which is probably akin to Germanic Hagano ‘hawthorn’ (see Hain 2). Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Céile (see McHale). Jewish (Ashkenazic): variant spelling of Halle.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Dale, Halse, Gale, Hall, Hare, Sale, Hole, Wale, Harle, Hain

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Hale Family Origin

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Hale Family Occupations

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  • Farmer

    18%
  • Going To School

    4%
  • Carpenter

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%

In 1881, the most common Hale occupation in Canada was Farmer. 18% of Hale's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Carpenter were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hale. A less common occupation for the Hale family was Labourer.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Hale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hale in 1941 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Hale

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