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Hales Name Meaning

English (widespread, especially in the southeast): from the genitive singular or nominative plural form of Old English halh ‘nook’, ‘recess’ (see Hale). Irish: when not of English origin, this may be a variant of Healy or McHale.

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


Similar surnames: Hale, Hayes, Hailes, Eales, Sales, Gales, Haler, Hayles, Hames, Haley

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Where is the Hales family from?

You can see how Hales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hales families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 18 Hales families living in North Carolina. This was about 28% of all the recorded Hales's in the USA. North Carolina had the highest population of Hales families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Hales surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Hales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hales. 19% of Hales men worked as a Farmer and 10% of Hales women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hales were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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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
    19%
  • Laborer
    16%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Truck Driver
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housewife
    10%
  • Clerk
    7%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 122,000 census records available for the last name Hales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hales 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 9,000 immigration records available for the last name Hales. 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 11,000 military records available for the last name Hales. For the veterans among your Hales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hales lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Hales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hales in 1943 was 34, and 72 in 2004.

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