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Wale Name Meaning

from a Germanic personal name Walo, either a byname meaning ‘foreigner’ (see Wallace), or else a short form of the various compound names with this first element. nickname for a well-liked person, from Middle English wale ‘good’, ‘excellent’ (originally meaning ‘choice’). topographic name for someone who lived near an embankment, Middle English wale (Old English walu).

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


Similar surnames: Gale, Hale, Wall, Wade, Sale, Dale, Ware, Wald, Vale, Ale

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Where is the Wale family from?

You can see how Wale families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Wale family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Wale families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 5 Wale families living in Kentucky. This was about 25% of all the recorded Wale's in the USA. Kentucky and 1 other state had the highest population of Wale families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Wale surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Wale ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Wale. 21% of Wale men worked as a Laborer and 17% of Wale women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Wale 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
    21%
  • Farmer
    17%
  • Salesman
    10%
  • Truck Driver
    7%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    17%
  • Helper
    11%
  • Saleslady
    9%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Census Records

There are 36,000 census records available for the last name Wale. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Wale 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 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Wale. 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 3,000 military records available for the last name Wale. For the veterans among your Wale ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Wale lifespan?

Between 1947 and 2004, in the United States, Wale life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1971, and highest in 1980. The average life expectancy for Wale in 1947 was 46, and 65 in 2004.

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