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Zales Name Meaning

Polish (Zaleś): probably a variant of Zalas . Slovak (Záleš): probably a cognate of 1 above.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022


Similar surnames: Sales, Les, Vales, Zale, Ales, Scales, Sale, Bales, Cales, Eales

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Where is the Zales family from?

You can see how Zales families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Zales family name was found in the USA, the UK, and Canada between 1880 and 1920. The most Zales families were found in USA in 1920. In 1880 there were 12 Zales families living in New Jersey. This was about 38% of all the recorded Zales's in USA. New Jersey had the highest population of Zales families in 1880.
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What did your Zales ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Housewife were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Zales. 27% of Zales men worked as a Laborer and 50% of Zales women worked as a Housewife. Some less common occupations for Americans named Zales were Printer and Waitress. .

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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
    27%
  • Farmer
    20%
  • Carpenter
    14%
  • Printer
    14%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Housewife
    50%
  • Waitress
    50%
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Census Records

There are 1,000 census records available for the last name Zales. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Zales 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 255 immigration records available for the last name Zales. 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 513 military records available for the last name Zales. For the veterans among your Zales ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Zales lifespan?

Between 1960 and 2004, in the United States, Zales life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1972, and highest in 1996. The average life expectancy for Zales in 1960 was 57, and 76 in 2004.

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