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Origins of the Dale surname

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What does the name Dale mean?

Dale is an English surname, being found in records from as early as the 1200s. It is a toponymical name and refers to those who lived in or near a dale or valley. This comes from the Old English 'dael', with the same meaning.

Alternative variations of the name Dale

Dale, Dail, Daill, Daile, Dayle

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Where do most Dales live?

In 1921, most Dales lived in West Midlands.

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Interesting facts about Dales

How common is your surname?

289th most common surname in the UK

We have 131,000 records for the Dale surname. The oldest one dates back to 1086.

Who were Dales most likely to marry?




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What are the most common Dale first names?

  • John
  • William
  • Mary
  • Elizabeth

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Common jobs for Dales

Men and women often performed different types of jobs, so these are displayed by gender to maintain their historical accuracy.

Common Female occupations for Dales in 1921


Domestic Servant


General Servant Domestic




General Servant


Common Male occupations for Dales in 1921


Agricultural Labourer


Coal Miner


General Labourer


Farm Labourer


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