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Yale Family History

Yale Surname Meaning

Welsh (Shropshire and Staffordshire): habitational name from Yale in the lordship of Bromham and Yale (Denbighshire) itself from Welsh iâl apparently meaning ‘unproductive land wasteland wilderness’.

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

Similar surnames: Hale, Sale, Vale, Dale, Wale, Gale, Male, Kale, Hall, Sales

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Where is the Yale family from?

You can see how Yale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Yale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Yale families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 60 Yale families living in Staffordshire. This was about 17% of all the recorded Yale's in United Kingdom. Staffordshire had the highest population of Yale families in 1891.
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What did your Yale ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, Bricklayer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Yale. 34% of Yale men worked as a Bricklayer and 90% of Yale women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Yale were Iron Foundry Fireman Heavy Worker and Silk Worker. .

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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

  • Bricklayer
  • Bank Clerk
  • Iron Moulder
  • Iron Foundry Fireman Heavy Worker

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Silk Worker
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Passenger Lists

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Yale. 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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There are 11,000 military records available for the last name Yale. For the veterans among your Yale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Yale lifespan?

Between 1952 and 2004, in the United States, Yale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Yale in 1952 was 43, and 70 in 2004.

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