Dale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The origins of the Dale name lie with England's ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. It comes from when the family lived in the area referred to as the daleor a valley. [1] [2] "The medieval form was At Dale, softened afterwards to A'Dale, as often found in parish registers of the XVI. cent., and widely renowned through the ballad of Robin Hood and Allin a'Dale." [3]

Early Origins of the Dale family

The surname Dale was first found in Yorkshire where the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379 listed Thomas del Dale; Willelmus at Dale; and Johannes at Dale as all holding lands there at that time.

Actually there were earlier listings of the family that should now be mentioned. Those were found in the Hundredorum Rolls of 1273 and both were in Suffolk: Ralph de la Dale and Thomas de la Dale. [4]

Further to the north in Scotland and between the two aforementioned rolls, we found Johannes de Dale was charter witness at Yester, 1374 and later, Syme of Daile and Jok of Dail of the Newtoun was listed in Ayrshire, 1470. [5]

Early History of the Dale family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dale research. Another 121 words (9 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, 1634, 1545, 1567, 1589, 1541, 1542, 1562, 1619, 1609, 1659, 1739, 1674 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Dale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Dale Spelling Variations

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 Dale were recorded, including Dale, Daile, Dales, Dayle, Daele and others.

Early Notables of the Dale family (pre 1700)

Notables of this surname at this time include: Valentine Dale (d. 1589), English civilian and diplomatist, supplicated the University of Oxford in 1541 for the degree of B.A., but does not appear to have been admitted. He was, however, elected a fellow of All Souls' College in 1542. In 1562, he was Ambassador in Flanders, receiving his final despatch from the regent on 6 Feb. [6] Sir Thomas Dale (d. 1619), was a British Naval Commander sent in 1609 to Virginia as marshal of the colony, the government of which was...
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United States Dale migration to the United States +

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 Dale family emigrate to North America:

Dale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Nicholas Dale, who arrived in Virginia in 1624 [7]
  • Sir Thomas Dale, who settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Thomas Dale, who settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Humphry Dale, who landed in Virginia in 1638 [7]
  • Jon Dale, who arrived in Virginia in 1638 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Dale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Samuel Dale, who landed in Virginia in 1703 [7]
  • Danl Dale, who arrived in Virginia in 1714 [7]
Dale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Daniel Dale, who landed in New York, NY in 1816 [7]
  • Samuel Dale, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816 [7]
  • William A Tweed Dale, who arrived in New York in 1816 [7]
  • Charles Augustus Dale, who arrived in New York in 1817 [7]
  • William Dale, who arrived in New York in 1831 [7]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Dale migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Dale Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • John Dale, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Dale, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Sarah Dale, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750

Australia Dale migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Dale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Dale, (b. 1803), aged 23, Irish farm labourer who was convicted in Cork, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Boyne" on 28th October 1826, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [8]
  • Mr. Samuel Dale, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 18th June 1835, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [9]
  • Charles Dale, who arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836 [10]
  • W.M. Dale, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [11]
  • Mary Dale, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849 [11]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Dale migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Dale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Dale, who arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • W Dale, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • Mr. Thomas Dale, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Inchinnan" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 27th May 1852 [12]
  • Thomas Dale, aged 44, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Dale, aged 30, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Dale (post 1700) +

  • Sir Henry Hallett Dale OM GBE PRS (1875-1968), English Nobel Prize winning pharmacologist and physiologist, known for his study of acetylcholine as agent in the chemical transmission of nerve impulses
  • Thomas Dale (1729-1816), American physician, was the son of Dr. Thomas Dale, of Charlestown, South Carolina
  • Ian Anthony Dale (b. 1978), American actor
  • Edgar Dale (1900-1985), American educator from Benson, Minnesota who developed the Cone of Experience
  • Alan Dale (1925-2002), American singer of traditional popular and rock and roll music
  • James Badge Dale (b. 1978), American actor most famous for his role of Chase Edmunds in the third season of 24
  • Shana Dale (b. 1964), American politician and lawyer who served as the Deputy Administrator of NASA from 2005 to 2009
  • Thomas Dale (1797-1870), English divine, Dean of Rochester, born at Pentonville, London, 22 Aug. 1797
  • Benjamin James Dale (1885-1943), English composer and academic who
  • James Charles Dale (1791-1872), English naturalist from Dorset, known for his studies in entomology
  • ... (Another 8 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Empress of Ireland
  • Mrs. Mary Dale (1888-1914), née Parker Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
  • Miss Reta Betty Dale (1912-1914), Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking [13]
HMS Hood
  • Mr. Richard H Dale, (), English Lieutenant (E) serving for the Royal Navy from Falmouth, Cornwall, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [14]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. William Dale, Irish 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [15]


Suggested Readings for the name Dale +

  • 1066 "The Dales of Eastern Shore, Maryland, and Tennessee" by Clarice G. Neal.

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  2. ^ Harrison, Henry, Surnames of the United Kingdom: A Concise Etymological Dictionary Baltimore: Geneological Publishing Company, 2013. Print
  3. ^ Lowe, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
  4. ^ Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  5. ^ 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)
  6. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  7. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  8. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 27th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/Boyne
  9. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
  10. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) HMS BUFFALO 1836. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1836Buffalo.htm
  11. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) The INDIAN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Indian.htm
  12. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  13. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  14. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  15. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/


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