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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.

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The surname Dale was first found in Yorkshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Dale research. Another 314 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1275, 1379, and 1634 are included under the topic Early Dale History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early Dale Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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
  • Sir Thomas Dale settled in Virginia in 1626
  • Thomas Dale settled in Barbados in 1635
  • Humphry Dale, who landed in Virginia in 1638
  • Jon Dale, who arrived in Virginia in 1638
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Dale Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Samuel Dale, who landed in Virginia in 1703
  • Danl Dale, who arrived in Virginia in 1714

Dale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Daniel Dale, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Samuel Dale, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • William A Tweed Dale, who arrived in New York in 1816
  • Charles Augustus Dale, who arrived in New York in 1817
  • William Dale, who arrived in New York in 1831
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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

Dale Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Charles Dale arrived in Kangaroo Island aboard the ship "Buffalo" in 1836
  • W.M. Dale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Mary Dale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Indian" in 1849
  • Matthew Mason Dale, aged 27, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Indian"
  • John Dale arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Asia" in 1851
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Dale Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Dale arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "London" in 1842
  • W Dale landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship London
  • Thomas Dale, aged 44, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Mary Dale, aged 30, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Godon Dale, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
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  • 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
  • Alan Hugh Dale (b. 1947), New Zealand actor
  • Jim Dale MBE (b. 1935), English actor, voice artist, singer and songwriter
  • Cynthia Dale (b. 1961), Canadian television actress and stage performer
  • Sir Henry Hallett Dale OM, GBE, PRS (1875-1968), English pharmacologist
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Dale Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mrs. Mary Dale (1888-2014), née Parker Canadian Second Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 2014
  • 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 on May 29th 1914

HMS Hood

  • Mr. Richard H Dale, (), English Lieutenant (E) serving for the Royal Navy from Falmouth, Cornwall, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. William Dale, Irish 2nd Class passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
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  • The Dales of Eastern Shore, Maryland, and Tennessee by Clarice G. Neal.
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    10. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds. Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
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    The Dale Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Dale 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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