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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun ‖Sca"la
  1. [Surg] A machine formerly employed for reducing dislocations of the humerus.
  2. [Anat] A term applied to any one of the three canals of the cochlea.

Etymology: L., a ladder


Borrowing from Latin scāla (“ladder”)

  1. Ladder; sequence.
  2. (anatomy) Ladder-like structure in the cochlea of a mammal's ear.
  3. A machine formerly used for reducing dislocations of the humerus.

scala was also found in the following language(s): Interlingua, Italian, Latin, and Old High German

Notable Persons With the Last Name Scala

Gia Scala was an actress and model. She was most prominent from 1955 to 1969. Gia was given the name Josephine Grace Johanna Scoglio on March 3rd, 1934 in Liverpool. She left this life on April 30th, 1972.


Nevio Scala is a soccer player for the S.S.D. Parma Calcio 1913, A.C. Milan, A.S. Roma, Vicenza Calcio, ACF Fiorentina, Inter Milan, Foggia Calcio, S.S.D. Monza 1912, and U.S. Adriese. Nevio was born on November 22nd, 1947 in Lozzo Atestino, Italy.


Cangrande I della Scala was a noble. Cangrande was born as the child of Alberto I della Scala on March 9th, 1291 in Verona. He breathed his last breath on July 22nd, 1329.


Lauren Scala is a reporter. Lauren was born on February 10th, 1982 in Mineola, New York.


Tina Scala is a model, singer, and actress. She has been prominent since 1955. Tina was given the name Agata Carmen Maria Scoglio on July 16th, 1935 in Mili San Marco, Messina Province Sicily, Italy. Tina is also known as Scoglio and Agatina Carmen Maria.


Beatrice was born as the child of Mastino II della Scala in 1331 in Verona. She died on June 18th, 1384.


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Popularity of Scala as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Scala U.S.
  White 93.33% 64.26%
  African American 0.00% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 0.90% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 5.03% 16.26%

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People with the last name Scala are most frequently White

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Fun Facts about the name Scala

  • How Popular is the name Scala? As a last name Scala was the 9,212th most popular name in 2010.
  • When was the first name Scala first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the name Scala is Friday, October 21st, 1904.
  • How unique is the name Scala? From 1880 to 2017 less than 5 people per year have been born with the first name Scala. Hoorah! You are a unique individual.
  • Weird things about the name Scala: Your name in reverse order is Alacs. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Alsac. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Scala? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 3,537 people with the last name Scala.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Scala? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 1 of them will have Scala as their last name.

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