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Smale Family History

Smale Name Meaning

English (Devon and Cornwall):: variant of Small . perhaps occasionally a habitational name from one or more places called with Old English smēagel ‘hole burrow’ such as the lost Smegle in Broxmead (Sussex).

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

Similar surnames: Smales, Seale, Smail, Veale, Selle, Bale, Small, Stile, Style, Male

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Where is the Smale family from?

You can see how Smale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Smale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Smale families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 260 Smale families living in Ontario. This was about 81% of all the recorded Smale's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Smale families in 1911.
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What did your Smale ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Operator were the top reported jobs for men and women in the Canada named Smale. 34% of Smale men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Smale women worked as an Operator. Some less common occupations for Americans named Smale were Labourer and Housekeeper. .

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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
  • Laborer
  • Fisherman
  • Labourer

Top Female Occupations In 1921

  • Operator
  • Income
  • Student
  • Housekeeper
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Census Records

There are 44,000 census records available for the last name Smale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Smale 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Smale. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Smale. For the veterans among your Smale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Smale lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Smale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1995. The average life expectancy for Smale in 1952 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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