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Wale Surname Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Anglo-Norman French personal name Wale ancient Germanic Walo (Old French Gal Galon a source of Gale and Gallon ) from an ancient Germanic personal name Walo either a byname meaning ‘foreigner’ (see Wallace ) or else a short form of various compound names with this first element. English: nickname for a well-liked person from Middle English wale ‘goodly noble excellent’ (originally meaning ‘choice’) or a nickname from Middle English wale (Old English wealh) ‘foreigner Welshman’. English: topographic name for someone who lived near an embankment from Middle English wale ‘ridge bank’ (Old English walu). English: variant of Whale or Wheal the latter of which is either a nickname from Middle English wel ‘happy prosperous’; a topographic name for someone who lived near a deep pool (from Middle English wele Old English wǣl wēl ‘pool’) or who came from a place so called such as Weel in East Yorkshire; a topographic or occupational name for someone who lived near or was in charge of a water‐wheel (Middle English whel from Old English hwēol ‘wheel’); or a nickname from Middle English wevel (Old English wifel) ‘malt weevil’. Ethiopian: from the personal name Wale which is interpreted as ‘he spent the day’ in the Amharic language. — Note: Since Ethiopians do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US.

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

Similar surnames: Gale, Hale, Wall, Wade, Sale, Dale, Ware, Wald, Vale, Ale

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Where is the Wale family from?

You can see how Wale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wale families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 323 Wale families living in London. This was about 20% of all the recorded Wale's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Wale families in 1891.
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What did your Wale ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Wale. 13% of Wale men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Wale women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wale were Aircraft Fitter and Unpaid Domestic Dutie. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Bricklayer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Aircraft Fitter

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic Dutie
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Wale. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, 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 Wale. For the veterans among your Wale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wale lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Wale in 1947 was 46, and 65 in 2004.

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