Sales Family History

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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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Sales Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Sales name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Sales. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Portugal


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Sales Family Origin

Where is the Sales family from?

Sales Family Occupations

What did your Sales ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Sales. A less common occupation for the Sales family was Farming. The most common Sales occupation in the USA was Farmer. 31% of Sales's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farming


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Sales ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Sales Historical Records

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Census Record

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 List

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 Card

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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Sales Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Sales ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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