Scales Family History

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Scales Name Meaning

Northern English: topographic name for someone who lived in a rough hut or shed, northern Middle English scale ‘hut’ (from Old Norse skáli), later also sc(h)ole, or a habitational name from one of the various places named with this word, as for example Scales in Lancashire and Cumbria. The surname has been established in southern Ireland since the 14th century.

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

Similar surnames: Sales, Sale, Swales, Cales, Stables, Stakes, Staley, Scalese, Caleb

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Scales Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Scales name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Scales. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Benin/Togo


  • Germanic Europe


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Scales Family Origin

Where is the Scales family from?

Scales Family Occupations

What did your Scales ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, the most common Scales occupation in Canada was Farmer. 22% of Scales's were Farmers. Farmer, Going To School and Scholar were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Scales. A less common occupation for the Scales family was Blacksmith.

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  • Farmer

  • Going To School

  • Scholar

  • Blacksmith


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Scales ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Scales Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 92,000 census records available for the last name Scales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Scales census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Scales. 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 Card

There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Scales. For the veterans among your Scales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Scales Life Expectancy

What is the average Scales lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Scales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Scales in 1943 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Scales ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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