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Scales Name Meaning

English:: plural form of Scale naming a herdsman living and working on a summer pasture or a habitational name for someone from a place called Scales mostly minor places in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Scholes is a dialect variant of the same name. (of Norman origin): habitational name either from Écalles-Alix (Seine-Maritime) Écalles (in Estouteville-Écalles Seine-Maritime) or from Escalles (Pas-de-Calais). The earliest spellings of these names suggest a derivation from Latin scala scalae (plural) ‘ladder staircase stile’ perhaps applied to a steep slope or path although Old Norse skáli (‘herdsman's hut shieling’ see Scale ) has also been suggested for Écalles. Challis may be a variant of the same name. The surname has also been established in southern Ireland (Limerick) since the 14th century.

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


Similar surnames: Sales, Sale, Swales, Cales, Stables, Stakes, Staley, Scalese, Caleb

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You can see how Scales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Scales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Scales families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 24 Scales families living in Tennessee. This was about 20% of all the recorded Scales's in USA. Tennessee had the highest population of Scales families in 1840.
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What did your Scales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Scales. 22% of Scales men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Scales women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Scales were Truck Driver and Servant. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    22%
  • Laborer
    22%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Maid
    15%
  • Cook
    10%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Servant
    7%
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There are 13,000 military records available for the last name Scales. For the veterans among your Scales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Scales lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Scales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Scales in 1943 was 39, and 69 in 2004.

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