Gale Name Meaning

English: nickname for a cheerful or boisterous person, from Middle English ga(i)le ‘jovial’, ‘rowdy’, from Old English gal ‘light’, ‘pleasant’, ‘merry’, which was reinforced in Middle English by Old French gail. Compare Gail 2. English: from a Germanic personal name introduced into England from France by the Normans in the form Gal(on). Two originally distinct names have fallen together in this form: one was a short form of compound names with the first element gail ‘cheerful’, ‘joyous’. Compare Gaillard, the other was a byname from the element walh ‘stranger’, ‘foreigner’. English: metonymic occupational name for a jailer, topographic name for someone who lived near the local jail, or nickname for a jailbird, from Old Northern French gaiole ‘jail’ (Late Latin caveola, a diminutive of classical Latin cavea ‘cage’). Portuguese: from galé ‘galleon’, ‘war ship’, presumably a metonymic occupational name for a shipwright or a mariner. Slovenian: from a pet form of the personal name Gal (Latin Gallus), formed with the suffix -e, usually denoting a young person.

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


Similar surnames: Hale, Wale, Gal, Sale, Dale, Gade, Galle, Gage, Gall, Game

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Gale Family Origin

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Gale Family Occupations

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  • Agricultural Labourer

    5%
  • Farmer

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Carpenter

    3%

In 1881, Agricultural Labourer, Farmer and Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Gale. A less common occupation for the Gale family was Carpenter. The most common Gale occupation in the UK was Agricultural Labourer. 5% of Gale's were Agricultural Labourers.

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Between 1941 and 2004, Gale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Gale in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Gale

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