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Origin, popularity and meaning of the name DALE

Origin

Dale : 1: English: from Middle English dal dale daile ‘dale valley’ (Old English dæl reinforced in northern England by the cognate Old Norse dalr) a topographic name for someone who lived in a valley or a habitational name from any of numerous minor places called with this word such as Dale in Cumbria and Yorkshire.2: Norwegian: habitational name from a common farm named from Old Norse dali the dative case of dalr ‘valley’.3: Americanized form of German Diehl.4: Americanized form of Swedish Norwegian or German Dahl.5: Dutch: variant without the preposition van ‘from’ of Van Dale.

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Source : DAFN2 : Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, ©2022 by Patrick Hanks and Oxford University Press
FANBI : The Concise Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain, ©2021, University of the West of England
FANBI : The Oxford Dictionary if Family Names in Britain and Ireland, ©2016, University of the West of England

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