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The HALE surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 82,955 338 0.031 308
United States (1880 census) 21,045 244 0.042 421
Change since 1880 +61910 -94 -0.011 -113
Other Countries
Australia 2,137 754 0.013 131
United Kingdom 13,288 444 0.029 289
Top States for HALE by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Texas 7,495 325 0.036 359
California 5,738 546 0.017 169
Tennessee 5,067 132 0.089 891
Ohio 4,624 236 0.041 407
Florida 4,081 453 0.026 255
Top States for HALE by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Tennessee 5,067 132 0.089 891
Kentucky 3,135 146 0.078 776
Oklahoma 2,484 154 0.072 720
Arkansas 1,836 164 0.069 687
Alabama 3,026 210 0.068 680


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

Classification and Origin of HALE

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the HALE 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 HALE 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 HALE in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Native American/Alaskan 987 1.19
Asian/Pacific 382 0.46
White (Caucasian) 69,674 83.99
Black/African American 9,266 11.17
Mixed Race 1,319 1.59
White (Hispanic) 1,327 1.6

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

Meaning of HALE in historical publications

HALE. 1. Healthy, stout. A-Sax. hle, a brave man, chief, or hero. 2. The name of many localities in various parts of England, particularly in cos. Chester, Cumberland, Kent, Lancaster, Northampton, Hants, and Lincoln. 3. A hall. The Ibrms in the H.R. generally relate to this meaning, as De la Hale, En la Hale, In the Hale, &c.

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 HALE

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as HALE.

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 HALE

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