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Origine of last name

WALE : 1: English (of Norman origin): from the Anglo-Norman French personal name Wale ancient Germanic Walo (Old French Gal Galon a source of <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Gale">Gale</a> and <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Gallon">Gallon</a>) from an ancient Germanic personal name Walo either a byname meaning ‘foreigner’ (see <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Wallace">Wallace</a>) or else a short form of various compound names with this first element.2: English: nickname for a well-liked person from Middle English wale ‘goodly noble excellent’ (originally meaning ‘choice’) or a nickname from Middle English wale (Old English wealh) ‘foreigner Welshman’.3: English: topographic name for someone who lived near an embankment from Middle English wale ‘ridge bank’ (Old English walu).4: English: variant of <a href="https://en.geneanet.org/surnames/Whale">Whale</a> or Wheal the latter of which is either a nickname from Middle English wel ‘happy prosperous’; a topographic name for someone who lived near a deep pool (from Middle English wele Old English wǣl wēl ‘pool’) or who came from a place so called such as Weel in East Yorkshire; a topographic or occupational name for someone who lived near or was in charge of a water‐wheel (Middle English whel from Old English hwēol ‘wheel’); or a nickname from Middle English wevel (Old English wifel) ‘malt weevil’.5: Ethiopian: from the personal name Wale which is interpreted as ‘he spent the day’ in the Amharic language. — Note: Since Ethiopians do not have hereditary surnames this name was registered as such only after immigration of its bearers to the US.

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