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Gale Name Meaning

English: nickname from Anglo-Norman French gal gale galle ‘cock cockerel’. English: habitational name from a minor place called with either Middle English gale gagel (Old English gagel) ‘bog myrtle’ or with Middle English gale ‘fishery paying dues to the lord’ (Old English gafol ‘tax’?) such as Gale in Bickington (Devon) and The Gale the name of a fishery in Ham and Stone (Gloucestershire). English: topographic name from Middle English gale gail (Old Norse geil) ‘ravine narrow lane’ or a habitational name from a place so named such as Gale in Littleborough Rochdale (Lancashire) or possibly High Gale in Tatham or Tunstall (Lancashire). With the sense ‘narrow lane’ it is found in several street names in medieval York. English: metonymic occupational name for a jailer or a topographic name for someone who lived near the local jail or a nickname for a jailbird occasionally perhaps for someone who worked ‘(at the) jail’ from Middle English gayole gayll(e) jaiole jaile (northern Old French gaiole Parisian Old French jaiole). Compare Galer . English (of Norman origin): perhaps occasionally from the Old French personal name Gale a Parisian form of ancient Germanic Walo (see Wale and compare Gallon ). However the only examples of it as a personal name in English records seem to belong to (presumably French) foreigners so it is uncertain whether this was another source of the Middle English surnames. Portuguese: from galé ‘galleon warship’ presumably a metonymic occupational name for a shipwright or a mariner.7: Slovenian and Croatian: from a pet form of the personal name Gal . Compare Galle and Gole .

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

Similar surnames: Hale, Wale, Gal, Sale, Dale, Gade, Galle, Gage, Gall, Game

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You can see how Gale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Gale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Gale families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 141 Gale families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Gale's in USA. New York had the highest population of Gale families in 1840.
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In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Gale. 16% of Gale men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Gale women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Gale were Clerk and Stenographer. .

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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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
  • Teacher
  • Maid
  • Stenographer
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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Gale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1951. The average life expectancy for Gale in 1941 was 36, and 73 in 2004.

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