Show ContentsKale History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The surname Kale is a nickname surname; it is derived from a nickname given to the original bearer. A broad and miscellaneous class of surnames, nickname surnames referred to a characteristic of the first person who used the name. They can describe the bearer's favored style of clothing, appearance, habits, or character. In this case, the nickname is derived from the German word "kahl," which means "bald."

Early Origins of the Kale family

The surname Kale was first found in Lusatia, where the family was anciently associated with the political and religious conflicts of the area. They declared allegiances to many nobles and princes of early history, lending their influence in struggles for power and status within the region. The family founded numerous branches, many of which acquired manors and estates in surrounding regions, where they contributed to the prosperity of their society. Individual bearers of the name first mentioned in ancient chronicles of Silesia include Nickel Kaler of Glatz (c.1384,) and Frenczel Kaler of Goerlitz (c.1434).

Early History of the Kale family

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Kale Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Kahl, Kahle, Kahler, Kahlen, Kahlert, Kahlere, Kahll, Kahller, Kal, Kall, Kale, Kaler, Kaller, Cal, Cahl, Cahle, Cahler and many more.

Early Notables of the Kale family

Notables of the period with the surname Kale were Conrad Christian Kahle, who held the powerful position of Privy Councillor for War and Defence at the Kurmark Chamber in Prussia. Leonard de Call, born in 1779; a guitar player and composer of harmonious and pretty part songs, which were greatly...
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Kale Ranking

In the United States, the name Kale is the 15,466th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [1]

United States Kale migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Kale Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Margtt Kale, who landed in Virginia in 1665 [2]
Kale Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Henry Kale, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1854 [2]
  • Matt Kale, who arrived in Iowa in 1876 [2]

Contemporary Notables of the name Kale (post 1700) +

  • Aderonke Kale (1939-2023), Nigerian army psychiatrist who became the first female major-general in the Nigerian Army

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  2. 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) on Facebook