Hale Family History

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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

What did your Hale ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Hale family was Farmer. Coal Miner, Labourer and Agricultural Labourer were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Hale. The most common Hale occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 5% of Hale's were Coal Miners.

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  • Coal Miner

  • Labourer

  • Agricultural Labourer

  • Farmer


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Hale Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 556,000 census records available for the last name Hale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hale 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 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Hale. 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 96,000 military records available for the last name Hale. For the veterans among your Hale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Hale Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, 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.

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