Dale Family Name


An English and Irish surname, Dale comes from the Old English term ‘dael’ which meant a valley. In Gaelic the term was ‘dall’ which meant blind. The spelling variations for Dale include Daele, Dales, Daile and Dayle. In Germany the spelling of Dale would be Dahl. Dale is a very popular surname all over England. Those areas with the greater number of individuals named Dale include Yorkshire, Cheshire, Lancashire, Staffordshire, Essex, Kent and the city of London. Across the central and southern portions of Scotland is where many with the Dale name live. Most can be found in Ayrshire, Renfrewshire and Lanarkshire counties. Within the United States the original Dale families settled in New York, Massachusetts, Pennsylvania, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Virginia, Maryland and Tennessee. Famous: Alan Hugh Dale (actor from New Zealand), James Badge Dale (television actor), Alan Dale (singer), Peter Dale (poet from England), Dick Dale (musician and songwriter), Jimmy Dale (music composer and conductor from Canada), Adam Dale (professional cricket player from Australia), Virginia Dale (movie film actress), David Dale (established weaving factories in 18th century Scotland and founded utopian socialism), Carroll Dale (professional football player) and Robert Dale (19th century English explorer across Western Australia).

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