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Sale Name Meaning

English: from Middle English sale ‘hall’, a topographic name for someone living at a hall or manor house, or a metonymic occupational name for someone employed at a hall or manor house. English: from Middle English salwe ‘sallow’ (a tree, a kind of willow), hence a topographic name for someone who lived by a sallow tree, or a habitational name from for example Sale in Greater Manchester, named from the old dative form of this word, in atte sale. French (Salé): from Old French salé ‘salty’, hence a topographic or occupational name for someone who lived by or worked in a salt marsh, or, in a figurative sense, a nickname for an amusing or witty person.

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

Similar surnames: Gale, Hale, Dale, Sales, Sala, Vale, Wale, Sole, Salle, Sage

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Where is the Sale family from?

You can see how Sale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sale families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 28 Sale families living in Virginia. This was about 33% of all the recorded Sale's in the USA. Virginia had the highest population of Sale families in 1840.
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What did your Sale ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sale. 16% of Sale men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Sale women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sale were Carpenter and Clerk.

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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
  • Carpenter

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
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Census Records

There are 67,000 census records available for the last name Sale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sale 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 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Sale. 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 Sale. For the veterans among your Sale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sale lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Sale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1958, and highest in 1997. The average life expectancy for Sale in 1943 was 64, and 77 in 2004.

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