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Dale

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299k
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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Dale

"Dale" is a name of German origin, and it means "Valley". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dale
Senses
  1. A low place between hills; a vale or valley."Where mountaines rise, umbrageous dales descend." [Thomson.]
  2. A trough or spout to carry off water, as from a pump.

Etymology: AS. dæl; akin to LG., D., Sw., Dan., OS., & Goth. dal, Icel. dalr, OHG. tal, G. thal, and perh. to Gr. qo`los a rotunda, Skr. dhāra depth. Cf. Dell

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. An open river valley (in a hilly area)
Wiktionary
  1. A surname​ for someone living in a dale.
  2. A male given name transferred from the surname.

Notable Persons Named Dale

Dale Earnhardt is a nascar driver.

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Dale Harbison Carnegie was a writer. Dale was born on November 24th, 1888 in Maryville, Missouri, United States. He breathed his last breath on November 1st, 1955.

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Dale Dye is an actor, technical advisor, radio personality, and writer. Dale was given the name Dale Adam Dye, Jr. on October 8th, 1944 in Cape Girardeau, Missouri.

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Dale Chihuly is an artist in the fields of glass artist and glass art. Dale was given the name Dale Patrick Chihuly on September 20th, 1941 in Tacoma, Washington.

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Dale Evans was an actress and singer-songwriter. Her career lasted from 1942 to 2001. Dale was given the name Lucille Wood Smith on October 31st, 1912 in Uvalde, Texas, U.S. She passed away on February 7th, 2001.

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Dale Weise is a hockey player for the Chicago Blackhawks in the National Hockey League. He has had major accomplishments since 2008. Dale was born on August 5th, 1988 in Winnipeg.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Dale

James Badge Dale is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1990. James was given the name James Badgett Dale on May 1st, 1978 in New York City, New York, U.S.

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Dick Dale is a surf music, proto-punk, instrumental rock, rock, and roll musician and guitarist. He plays Guitar, Fender Stratocaster, Fender Showman, and Vocals. He holds the title Dick Dale – "Let's Go Trippin'" and Dick Dale – "Misirlou". His most notable accomplishments were from 1959 to present. Dick was given the name Richard Anthony Monsour on May 4th, 1937 in Boston. Dick is also known as The King of the Surf Guitar.

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Jim Dale is an actor, lyricist, singer, comedian, and voice actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1951 to present. Jim was given the name Jimothy Smith on August 15th, 1935 in Rothwell, Northamptonshire, England, UK.

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Ian Anthony Dale is an actor. He was most active from 2002 to present. Ian was born on July 3rd, 1978 in Saint Paul, Minnesota, U.S.

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Chip 'n' Dale is a fictional character. Chip is also known as The Lone Chipmunks, The Rescue Rangers, and Chip 'n Dale Rescue Rangers.

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Alan Dale is an actor. He has been prominent since 1979. Alan was given the name Alan Hugh Dale on May 6th, 1947 in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand.

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How popular is the baby name Dale in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1881 6 0 6
1882 7 0 7
1883 11 0 11
1884 10 0 10
1885 25 0 25
1886 17 0 17
1887 18 7 11
1888 21 6 15
1889 19 0 19
1890 19 5 14
1891 22 5 17
1892 30 8 22
1893 25 7 18
1894 38 10 28
1895 37 11 26
1896 43 7 36
1897 49 10 39
1898 47 7 40
1899 51 10 41
1900 70 16 54
1901 49 9 40
1902 77 14 63
1903 63 7 56
1904 65 12 53
1905 76 11 65
1906 75 9 66
1907 83 10 73
1908 117 17 100
1909 115 13 102
1910 149 24 125
1911 176 26 150
1912 406 35 371
1913 500 28 472
1914 724 33 691
1915 1,134 53 1,081
1916 1,218 57 1,161
1917 1,305 57 1,248
1918 1,564 73 1,491
1919 1,501 73 1,428
1920 1,745 65 1,680
1921 2,029 73 1,956 #93 boy name
1922 2,104 62 2,042 #89 boy name
1923 2,258 86 2,172 #90 boy name
1924 2,494 98 2,396 #84 boy name
1925 2,385 84 2,301 #86 boy name
1926 2,477 79 2,398 #84 boy name
1927 2,594 89 2,505 #81 boy name
1928 2,725 86 2,639 #75 boy name
1929 2,732 69 2,663 #73 boy name
1930 3,089 97 2,992 #64 boy name
1931 3,084 75 3,009 #62 boy name
1932 3,222 84 3,138 #61 boy name
1933 2,989 65 2,924 #65 boy name
1934 3,357 115 3,242 #62 boy name
1935 3,425 153 3,272 #61 boy name
1936 3,588 196 3,392 #59 boy name
1937 3,521 182 3,339 #59 boy name
1938 3,896 209 3,687 #56 boy name
1939 3,812 280 3,532 #59 boy name
1940 4,001 303 3,698 #57 boy name
1941 4,112 324 3,788 #59 boy name
1942 4,250 386 3,864 #63 boy name
1943 4,678 445 4,233 #59 boy name
1944 4,420 432 3,988 #61 boy name
1945 4,445 487 3,958 #61 boy name
1946 5,687 662 5,025 #62 boy name
1947 6,751 817 5,934 #63 boy name
1948 6,945 857 6,088 #56 boy name
1949 7,100 874 6,226 #55 boy name
1950 7,634 845 6,789 #49 boy name
1951 7,892 927 6,965 #49 boy name
1952 8,517 1,108 7,409 #46 boy name
1953 8,393 1,054 7,339 #48 boy name
1954 8,538 1,093 7,445 #50 boy name
1955 8,163 1,001 7,162 #52 boy name
1956 8,542 835 7,707 #50 boy name
1957 8,546 667 7,879 #50 boy name
1958 9,061 582 8,479 #46 boy name
1959 8,873 528 8,345 #49 boy name
1960 8,223 536 7,687 #54 boy name
1961 7,633 446 7,187 #58 boy name
1962 6,745 377 6,368 #62 boy name
1963 6,062 369 5,693 #69 boy name
1964 5,477 317 5,160 #72 boy name
1965 4,660 259 4,401 #83 boy name
1966 4,203 220 3,983 #85 boy name
1967 3,703 167 3,536 #89 boy name
1968 3,409 151 3,258 #91 boy name
1969 3,344 188 3,156 #96 boy name
1970 3,172 170 3,002
1971 2,685 141 2,544
1972 2,161 97 2,064
1973 1,877 75 1,802
1974 1,760 70 1,690
1975 1,592 61 1,531
1976 1,558 78 1,480
1977 1,408 49 1,359
1978 1,387 63 1,324
1979 1,326 46 1,280
1980 1,293 55 1,238
1981 1,299 48 1,251
1982 1,185 52 1,133
1983 1,145 51 1,094
1984 1,074 44 1,030
1985 1,134 41 1,093
1986 1,023 43 980
1987 968 38 930
1988 913 31 882
1989 887 33 854
1990 944 37 907
1991 785 27 758
1992 741 37 704
1993 669 28 641
1994 691 41 650
1995 595 25 570
1996 574 20 554
1997 521 18 503
1998 505 22 483
1999 451 10 441
2000 418 12 406
2001 635 22 613
2002 479 13 466
2003 422 14 408
2004 362 9 353
2005 333 10 323
2006 296 7 289
2007 292 8 284
2008 270 10 260
2009 224 0 224
2010 194 5 189
2011 165 0 165
2012 163 0 163
2013 155 11 144
2014 186 5 181
2015 177 0 177
2016 178 7 171

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Popularity of Dale as a first name

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Popularity of Dale as a last name

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Common last names for Dale

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Miller
  • Brown
  • Anderson
  • Williams
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Wilson
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Moore
  • Nelson
  • Martin
  • Peterson
  • Thomas
  • Taylor
  • White
  • Young
  • Allen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Dale U.S.
  White 78.17% 64.26%
  African American 14.45% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.74% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 2.01% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.09% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.53% 16.26%

Of Last Name Dale

People with the last name Dale are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Dale

  • How Popular is the name Dale? Dale is the 241st most popular name of all time. As a last name Dale was the 1,188th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Dale have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 298,767 babies born with the first name Dale in the United States. That's more than enough people named Dale to occupy the territory of French Polynesia (France) with an estimated population of 277,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dale? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Dale first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Dale is Friday, December 17th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Dale born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dale was in 1958 with a total of 8,479 babies. That's a lot of babies named Dale!
  • Random Dale Factoid: According to the 1974 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Dale ranks 97th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Iowa. Imagine that, 34 babies in Iowa have the same name as you in 1974.
  • Weird things about the name Dale: Your name in reverse order is Elad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alde. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Dale? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 29,757 people with the last name Dale.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Dale? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 10 of them will have Dale as their last name.

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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