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Origin and popularity of the name WALE


Wale : 1: English (of Norman origin): from the Anglo-Norman French personal name Wale ancient Germanic Walo (Old French Gal Galon a source of Gale and Gallon) from an ancient Germanic personal name Walo either a byname meaning ‘foreigner’ (see Wallace) 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 Whale 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.


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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