Last name: SCALES

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SCALES : This last name is indexed 47,481 times on Geneanet!

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SCALES : English:: 1: plural form of Scale naming a herdsman living and working on a summer pasture or a habitational name for someone from a place called Scales mostly minor places in Lancashire and Yorkshire. Scholes is a dialect variant of the same name.2: (of Norman origin): habitational name either from Écalles-Alix (Seine-Maritime) Écalles (in Estouteville-Écalles Seine-Maritime) or from Escalles (Pas-de-Calais). The earliest spellings of these names suggest a derivation from Latin scala scalae (plural) ‘ladder staircase stile’ perhaps applied to a steep slope or path although Old Norse skáli (‘herdsman's hut shieling’ see Scale) has also been suggested for Écalles. Challis may be a variant of the same name. The surname has also been established in southern Ireland (Limerick) since the 14th century.

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