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Cales Name Meaning

English: either a topographic name from the plural form of Middle English caule cale ‘sheepfold’ (see Call ) or a variant of Cale or Kale with post-medieval excrescent -s. Dutch: variant of Calis which is from the Latin personal name Calixtus (see Calixto ) or a habitational name from the Dutch-Flemish form of the northern French placename Calais (compare English Callis ). French (Calès): habitational name from either of two places so called in Lot and Dordogne probably derived from pre-Latin kal ‘rock’. Aragonese (Calés): probably of French origin (see 3 above). Americanized form of German Kahl and possibly also of some other similar (like-sounding) surname; compare Cale .

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

Similar surnames: Sales, Caley, Vales, Scales, Naves, Calder, Calo, Calmes, Caleb, Ales

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Where is the Cales family from?

You can see how Cales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Cales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Cales families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 3 Cales families living in Tennessee. This was about 25% of all the recorded Cales's in USA. Tennessee and 1 other state had the highest population of Cales families in 1840.
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What did your Cales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housework were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Cales. 24% of Cales men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Cales women worked as a Housework. Some less common occupations for Americans named Cales were Farming and Housewife. .

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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
  • Helper
  • Farming

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housework
  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Housewife
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What is the average Cales lifespan?

Between 1945 and 2004, in the United States, Cales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1966. The average life expectancy for Cales in 1945 was 35, and 72 in 2004.

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