Dale Family History

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Dale Name Meaning

English: from Middle English dale ‘dale’, ‘valley’ (Old English dæl, reinforced in northern England by the cognate Old Norse dalr), a topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, or a habitational name from any of the numerous minor places named with this word, such as Dale in Cumbria and Yorkshire. Irish: possibly in some cases of English origin, but otherwise an Anglicized form of Gaelic Dall, a byname meaning ‘blind’. Norwegian: habitational name from a farm named from Old Norse dali, the dative case of dalr ‘valley’. It is a common name in Norway, especially western Norway, and is also found in Sweden. Americanized spelling of German Dahl.

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

Similar surnames: Hale, Gale, Sale, Vale, Dole, Wale, Dane, Dal, Dahle, Kale

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Dale Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Dale name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Norway


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Dale Family Origin

Where is the Dale family from?

Dale Family Occupations

What did your Dale ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Agricultural Labourer and Coal Miner were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Dale. The most common Dale occupation in the UK was Farmer. 6% of Dale's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Dale family was Labourer.

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  • Farmer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer


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

Dale Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 403,000 census records available for the last name Dale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Dale 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 38,000 immigration records available for the last name Dale. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 48,000 military records available for the last name Dale. For the veterans among your Dale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Dale Life Expectancy

What is the average Dale lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Dale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Dale in 1943 was 40, and 73 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Dale 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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