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Bales Name Meaning

English: variant spelling of Bailes. Czech (Baleš) and Slovak (Báleš): from a pet form of Bal, a shortened form of the personal name Baltazar.

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


Similar surnames: Balek, Bares, Balas, Balles, Balis, Bakes, Ales, Fales, Vales, Baltes

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Where is the Bales family from?

You can see how Bales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Bales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Bales families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Bales families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Bales's in the USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bales families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Bales surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Bales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Bales. 22% of Bales men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Bales women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Bales were Truck Driver and Waitress.

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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
    17%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    9%
  • Housekeeper
    8%
  • Teacher
    8%
  • Waitress
    6%
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Census Records

There are 93,000 census records available for the last name Bales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Bales census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Bales. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 12,000 military records available for the last name Bales. For the veterans among your Bales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Bales lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Bales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1951, and highest in 1989. The average life expectancy for Bales in 1940 was 37, and 73 in 2004.

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