Last name: Dale

Recorded in a number of spelling forms including Dale, Dales and Daile (English), Dahlen, Dahlin and Dalman (Swedish),Thal, Thalman, Dahler and Dallmann (German), Daal, Van Daal, Van Dalen and Daleman (Dutch), Dahl and Dall (Danish) and many others, this ancient surname is of residential origins. It derives from the Scandanavian word 'dalr' meaning a valley, and describes somebody who dwelt in such a place. In England where the surname is first recorded, there was an ancient British tribe called the 'Dallingas', who may also be a source of the surname. 'Dalr' forms the first element in many English place names such as Deal, Dalwood, Dalham, and Dawley, although the more usual name style is as Lonsdale or Wensleydale, with 'dale' as the second element. What is interesting is that the very first recording of the surname anywhere is in the county of Suffolk, in the region known as East Anglia, and here the land is renowned for being almost flat and without valleys, so there may have been an alternative meaning one thousand years ago! The name is also a very early recording in Germany, Lutz up dem Tal being registered in the town of Fussen in the year 1370. Scandanavian recordings are much later, hereditary surnames were the exception rather than the rule until the 18th century. The name was one of the very first in the new American Colonies, and certainly the first with status. Sir Thomas Dale (1560-1619) being Marshall of Virginia in 1609, and Governor from 1611 to 1618. Sir Thomas was responsible for the original land grants to the new settlers from the English Crown. The first known recording of the family name in any form is believed to be that of Ralph de la Dale, which was dated 1275, in the 'Hundred Rolls' of the County of Suffolk. This was during the reign of King Edward 1st, known as 'The Hammer of the Scots', 1272 - 1307. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop", often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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James denis dale
Hi im james denis dale 15.9.1983 from sutton in craven , keighley . West. Yorkshire My dad is andrew dale and my grandfather was charles brian dale.

Gareth Dale
Hi everyone, my name is Gareth Dale and i'm from Glasgow. My father is Michael Dale and all the family from my Dads side are from Aberdeen. I would love to know how to trace back family and ancestors but I have no idea on what to do. Could anyone please give me some advice on how I can do this. I don't want to have to pay to use any sites, so other ways on how to do it would be great.

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Hi All I'm Deborah Rose Dale living in Cambridge, ON. Been trying to trace my family tree, there are so many Dales. My grandparents came to Canada I believe in the 1900s, William Dale & Ethel Dale (Johnson) They had 4 sons: Arthur / George / Don / Robert all deceased now. Arthur had 3 daughters Marilyn / Beatice / Donna Robert 1 daughter (me) 1 son Robert Bruce brother. Not sure where to go from here.Any help would be welcomed. Good Luck To All

Terence Dale
Terence Dale of Illinois here! I was able to trace my lineage back to Nicholas Dale 1604 Yorkshire, England, and census info from Jamestown, VA in 1624.

Ryan Harris Dale (Dallas, TX)
Hello all,

Many of us Dale's here in Texas. I am told from my father (Robert Harris Dale) and grandfather (Charles Harris Dale) that our direct Dale lineage traces back to early settlers in late 1700s/early 1800s Tennessee. Ive tried to research the history of Dale Hollow Lake and Dale Hollow State Park in northern TN but couldnt find much. Anyone else here know of any Dales settling in Tennessee? Feel free to email me directly at

Roger Joshua Dale
I'm from Alabama. My father is Roger Lee Dale and my grandfather is Thomas Everson Dale. I have no idea where my lineage traces back....I've heard Scotland but don't know much beyond my grandparents.

Hi I'm looking for a James Dale from Glasgow. He worked as a carpenter in Goldbergs in Glasgow in 1956. Can anyone help. Thanks

Rohan Dale

Well represented in Melbourne, Australia too. Dales everywhere.

Zac Dale

Representing from northern new York, kinda lost as to heritage so figured this would help!

Robert Dale mitchell
My ancestor Peter Mitchell. B. 1831 bolton lancashire. Was baptized Peter Dale. Father William Dale. Mother phobe Dale. Nee Rothwell. She was Wed to Jesse Mitchell 1811.still Wed in 1831. Jesse died 1848. Then Wed William Dale 1849. Illegally. Then. Peter Dale is in the 1841.1851. Census. He Wed bury lancs 1852. Mary lowther. But is Wed as Mitchell. His sister Catherine is down as Mitchell. Why? How.? Help please. Rob

van Dalen
Theoridional coat of arms of van Dalen

Joseph t dale
Am from canada. My grand father was born in mass moved to canada. Born in 1900. His dad john s dale. Love to know where and when they came to the usa. And cousins will dale and andrew dale do t know much about them either

Val dale
Scandanavian is misspelled more than once. The correct spelling is SCANDINAVIAN.

C. Cundall - Hawkins
Tracking Dale ancestry, links, why, how and when migrated to south land NZ

William Dale
I know someone out there has my family tree my father is Terrence son of John Dale I think John's grand father was Nathan Dale was on ansestry. Com and went back to George Dale 17 something east riding Yorks hire John is from Guelph Ontario I think

Barbara Dale
My Grandfather, William M Dale was born in Chicago in the early 1900 very soon after his parents came the the USA from somewhere in Wales. He had one sister and I do not know her name, His wife (my paternal grandmother) was Loretta MacDonald Dale and they had one son, William Harold Dale in 1926. My parents divorced when I was young and my father was an only child in his entire generation of family. I, therefore, have no living relatives to consult abut the family.

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