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Bales is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The Bales family lived in Norfolk, where they were found since the early Middle Ages in England from ancient times. The surname, however, derives from the area of Besle in Normandy, where they lived prior to the Norman Conquest in 1066. There is some debate as to whether this name is related to the name "Bailey", which is of occupational derivation, and refers to a Norman civil office similar to that of a sheriff or viscount.
Norman surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. The frequent changes in surnames are largely due to the fact that the Old and Middle English languages lacked definite spelling rules. The introduction of Norman French to England, as well as the official court languages of Latin and French, also had pronounced influences on the spelling of surnames. Since medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, rather than adhering to any specific spelling rules, it was common to find the same individual referred to with different spellings. The name has been spelled Bale, Bales and others.
First found in Norfolk at Bale, a village within the civil parish of Gunthorpe which dates back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it was listed as Bathele.  The place name literally means "woodland or clearing where there are springs used for bathing."  The All Saints parish church dates back to the middle of the 14th century.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Bales research. Another 153 words (11 lines of text) covering the years 1455, 1503, 1617, 1654, 1624, 1547, 1610, 1564 and 1590 are included under the topic Early Bales History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 159 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Bales Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Many English families emigrated to North American colonies in order to escape the political chaos in Britain at this time. Unfortunately, many English families made the trip to the New World under extremely harsh conditions. Overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the stormy Atlantic. Despite these hardships, many of the families prospered and went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the United States and Canada. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the name Bales or a variant listed above:
Bales Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
Bales Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
Bales Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
Bales Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Bales Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century
Bales Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
The Bales Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Bales 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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