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Bales Name Meaning

English: either a variant of Bale with excrescent -s or a variant of Bayliss . English: habitational name from Bayles in Alston Cumbria. Slovak and Czech (Báleš rarely Baleš): from a pet form of Bal a short form of the personal name Baltazar (Slovak Baltazár).

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

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 USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 37 Bales families living in Ohio. This was about 20% of all the recorded Bales's in USA. Ohio had the highest population of Bales families in 1840.
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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 USA 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
  • Laborer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Housekeeper
  • Teacher
  • Waitress
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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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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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