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Sales Name Meaning

English: from Middle English salwes ‘sallows’, a topographic name for someone who lived by a group of sallow trees (see Sale 2). Catalan and Asturian-Leonese: a habitational name from any of the places called Sales, like Sales de Llierca (Catalonia) or Sales (Asturies), from the plural of Sala 1. This name is specially common in Catalonia. Portuguese: habitational name from a place that is probably so called from a Germanic personal name of uncertain form and derivation. Portuguese: religious byname adopted since the 17th century in honor of St. Francis of Sales (1567–1622), who was born at the Château de Sales in Savoy. French (Salès): habitational name from places named Salès in Cantal and Tarn.

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

Similar surnames: Sale, Scales, Salas, Vales, Cales, Salles, Salem, Eales, Naves, Sanes

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Where is the Sales family from?

You can see how Sales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Sales family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Sales families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 20 Sales families living in New York. This was about 26% of all the recorded Sales's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Sales families in 1840.
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What did your Sales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Sales. 26% of Sales men worked as a Laborer and 10% of Sales women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Sales were Truck Driver 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

  • Laborer
  • Farmer
  • Salesman
  • Truck Driver

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
  • Laborer
  • Cook
  • Housewife
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Census Records

There are 97,000 census records available for the last name Sales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Sales 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 8,000 immigration records available for the last name Sales. 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 12,000 military records available for the last name Sales. For the veterans among your Sales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Sales lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Sales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Sales in 1944 was 29, and 76 in 2004.

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