Cale Family History

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Cale Name Meaning

French (Calé) and English: from Old French calé, adjectival derivative of cale ‘close-fitting cap’, hence a nickname for someone who wore such a cap. Southern Italian (Calè): variant of Calia. Dutch: variant spelling of Kale. Americanized spelling of German Kehl.

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

Similar surnames: Cane, Cape, Call, Case, Kale, Sale, Cole, Cave, Caple, Dale

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Cale Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Cale name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Cale. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • France


  • Norway


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Cale Family Origin

Where is the Cale family from?

Cale Family Occupations

What did your Cale ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Cale. The most common Cale occupation in the USA was Farmer. 44% of Cale's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Cale family was Carpenter.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Cale ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Cale Historical Records

What Cale family records will you find?

Census Record

There are 84,000 census records available for the last name Cale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Cale census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 5,000 immigration records available for the last name Cale. 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 Card

There are 6,000 military records available for the last name Cale. For the veterans among your Cale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Cale Life Expectancy

What is the average Cale lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Cale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Cale in 1944 was 37, and 75 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Cale

An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Cale ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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