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Vale Family History

Vale Name Meaning

English: topographic name for someone who lived in a valley, Middle English vale (Old French val, from Latin vallis). The surname is now also common in Ireland, where it has been Gaelicized as de Bhál. Galician and Aragonese: topographic name from val ‘valley’, or habitational name from any of the places named with this word.

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

Similar surnames: Dale, Hale, Sale, Valle, Gale, Vales, Male, Wale, Hall, Sales

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Where is the Vale family from?

You can see how Vale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Vale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Vale families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 9 Vale families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Vale's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Vale families in 1840.
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What did your Vale ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Vale. 13% of Vale men worked as a Laborer and 14% of Vale women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Vale 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
  • Salesman
  • Farmer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Housekeeper
  • Maid
  • Waitress
  • Stenographer
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Census Records

There are 66,000 census records available for the last name Vale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Vale 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 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Vale. 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 5,000 military records available for the last name Vale. For the veterans among your Vale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Vale lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Vale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Vale in 1942 was 45, and 80 in 2004.

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