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Origin and popularity of the name SALE


Sale : 1: English: habitational name from Sale (Cheshire) or from any of several minor places or topographic features named from Middle English sale salle ‘sallow willow’ (Old English s(e)alh). See also Seal with which this name may often have interchanged. The gentry family that took its name from Sale in Cheshire became prominent landowners on the Isle of Man (see Sayle 1).2: English: from Middle English sal(e) ‘hall’ (Old English sæl Old French sale Old Norse salr) translated by medieval clerks as Latin aula. The surname may be topographic for someone who lived or worked in a hall or occupational for someone who worked at a hall as a servant. This was the name of an Anglo-Norman family who had settled in County Tipperary Ireland by the 13th century. The name was Gaelicized as de Sál hence the Anglicized form Saul which has been widely adopted in Ireland.3: Croatian (Šale): probably from a pet form of the personal name Šanto a Croatized form of Italian Santo.4: Slovenian (Šale): from a short form of the old personal name Šalamon (see Salamon) or a nickname from šaliti se ‘to joke to jest’.5: Italian: habitational name from any of the places called Sale (Piedmont).6: Italian (Sardinia): metonymic occupational name from sale ‘salt’ for a producer or seller.7: French (Salé): variant of Sallé ‘salty salted’ (see Salle 2).


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

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