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The GALE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 15,193 2197 0.006 56
United States (1880 census) 5,672 1076 0.011 113
Change since 1880 +9521 -1121 -0.005 -57
Other Countries
Australia 3,148 487 0.019 193
United Kingdom 10,716 550 0.023 233
Top States for GALE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
California 1,479 2081 0.004 44
Michigan 925 1111 0.009 93
Florida 904 2198 0.006 57
Illinois 869 1400 0.007 70
New York 787 2294 0.004 41
Top States for GALE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Utah 587 444 0.026 263
Vermont 112 895 0.018 184
Delaware 104 1294 0.013 133
Idaho 169 969 0.013 131
Wyoming 56 990 0.011 113


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called GALE live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called GALE represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called GALE in California than any other state, but you are more likely to find a GALE by picking someone at random in Utah than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of GALE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Occupational Name

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the GALE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the GALE surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of GALE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
White (Hispanic) 357 2.35
Mixed Race 254 1.67
Asian/Pacific 137 0.9
Native American/Alaskan 112 0.74
White (Caucasian) 12,935 85.14
Black/African American 1,398 9.2

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the GALE surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of GALE in historical publications

A Gael or Scot; a stranger. Fingal, the white stranger, Dugal, the black stranger, alluding to the complexion or color of the hair. The root of Gall, or Gaul, is Hal, the sun, from which we have Gal, Gel, Gl, brilliant, bright, glorious. Greek, ??; Welsh, haul, Cornish British, houl, the sun. Ge, brilliant, and haul; Gehaul, Gaul, the ancient name of France--still called "sunny France."

Arthur, William (1857) An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain.

GALE. A Scottish H.R. See, however, Gael.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to GALE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as GALE.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for GALE

The following words are slight variants of GALE that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.