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The name Hale is an old Anglo-Saxon name. It comes from when a family lived in a remote valley, or nook. Checking further we found the name was derived from the Old English halh, which had the same meaning. Conversely the name could have been a nickname for someone who was "healthy, stout, a brave man, chief, or hero" having derived from the Anglo-Saxon word "hale." [1]


The surname Hale was first found in Cheshire, but there are other records of this local name throughout England. Parish named Hales were found in Stafford, Norfolk and Worcester. Norfolk's earliest reference was Alexander de Hales, who was recorded in the "History of Norfolk" in 1245. The Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 lists: Richard de la Hale in Oxfordshire: and Walter en le Hale in Sussex at that time. Robert in the Hale was listed in the Close Roll, temp. 2 Edward I and according to Kirby's Quest, John atte Hale was listed in Somerset, temp. 1 Edward III [2] The name quickly became native to Scotland as seen by Michel de Hale del counte de Edeneberk who rendered homage to King Edward I in his brief conquest of Scotland in 1296. [3] Later some of the family were found at Kings Walden in Hertfordshire. "On the north side of the chancel of the church is a chapel, the burial-place of the Hale family, erected by William Hale, who died in 1648." [4] Hailes Castle is a 14th century castle about a mile and a half south west of East Linton, East Lothian, Scotland. It dates back to c. 1300. Hailes Abbey near Winchcombe in Gloucestershire was built in 1245 or 1246 but little remains of the abbey today.

Before the last few hundred years, the English language had no fast system of spelling rules. For that reason, spelling variations are commonly found in early Anglo-Saxon surnames. Over the years, many variations of the name Hale were recorded, including Hale, Hail, Hailes, Hayles, Hayle, Hales, Haile and many more.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hale research. Another 223 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1189, 1379, 1455, 1456, 1490, 1457, 1459, 1459, 1470, 1471, 1470, 1540, 1516, 1572, 1608, 1584, 1656, 1576, 1654, 1625, 1640, 1645, 1626, 1626, 1684, 1660, 1661, 1681, 1666, 1762, 1694, 1762, 1609, 1676, 1636, 1700, 1692, 1614, 1691, 1654, 1656 and are included under the topic Early Hale History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 445 words (32 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hale family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 101 words (7 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


To escape oppression and starvation at that time, many English families left for the "open frontiers" of the New World with all its perceived opportunities. In droves people migrated to the many British colonies, those in North America in particular, paying high rates for passages in cramped, unsafe ships. Although many of the settlers did not make the long passage alive, those who did see the shores of North America perceived great opportunities before them. Many of the families that came from England went on to make essential contributions to the emerging nations of Canada and the United States. Research into various historical records revealed some of first members of the Hale family emigrate to North America:

Hale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Hale settled in Virginia in 1624
  • Robert Hale, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Jo Hale, aged 14, arrived in Virginia in 1635
  • Joe Hale settled in Virginia in 1635
  • Tho Hale, who landed in Virginia in 1636

Hale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Hale, who landed in Virginia in 1714
  • Jean Hale, who landed in New York in 1725
  • Egram Hale, aged 24, arrived in Pennsylvania in 1730
  • Sophia Hale, aged 30, landed in Pennsylvania in 1730

Hale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Mary Hale settled in Portland in 1820
  • Mr. Hale, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1821
  • Michael Hale, who arrived in Mississippi in 1840
  • Augustine W Hale, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1849
  • J B Hale, who landed in San Francisco, California in 1850

Hale Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • David Hale, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750

Hale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Samuel Hale, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Hale, a weaver, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • William Hale, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on February 22, 1834, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila
  • Robert Hale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lalla Rookh" in 1840
  • John Hale, English convict from Buckinghamshire, who was transported aboard the "Agincourt" on July 6, 1844, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia

Hale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Henry Hale landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840


  • William Van Hale, American politician, U.S. Attorney for Idaho, 1984-85
  • Anthony "Tony" Hale (b. 1970), American Primetime Emmy Award winning actor, best known for his role in the Fox comedy series Arrested Development
  • Mr. Reginald Hale (d. 1912), aged 30, American Second Class passenger from Auburn, New York who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking and was recovered by CS Mackay-Bennett
  • Lieutenant-General Willis Henry Hale (1893-1961), American Commanding General of the Continental Air Command, Mitchel AFB, New York (1950-1952)
  • Ruth Hale (1908-2003), American playwright and actress, grandmother of Kurt Hale
  • Robert S. Hale (1822-1881), U.S. Representative from New York
  • Daniel Hale (d. 1821), American Secretary of State of New York, 1798-1801 and 1810-1811
  • George Ellery Hale (1868-1938), American solar astronomer, eponym of the Hale telescope and the Hale crater on Mars
  • William Gardner Hale (1849-1928), American classical scholar
  • Alan Hale Jr. (1921-1990), American movie and television actor, best known for his role as Skipper, on the sitcom Gilligan's Island



  • Descendants From First Families of Virginia and Maryland: A Family History and Genealogy Covering 350 Years, 1620-1970 by Maude Crowe.
  • Spanning the Centuries With the Hale Family by Muriel Nadine Hale Lynch.

The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Cum principibus
Motto Translation: Whith my chiefs


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  1. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  2. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  3. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  4. ^ Lewis, Samuel, A Topographical Dictionary of England. Institute of Historical Research, 1848, Print.

Other References

  1. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  2. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1790. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  3. Thirsk, Joan. The Agrarian History of England and Wales. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press: 7 Volumes. Print.
  4. Ingram, Rev. James. Translator Anglo-Saxon Chronicle 1823. Print.
  5. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  6. Hinde, Thomas Ed. The Domesday Book England's Heritage Then and Now. Surrey: Colour Library Books, 1995. Print. (ISBN 1-85833-440-3).
  7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  10. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
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The Hale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hale Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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