The surname Hale is of English origin. It is a topographical name for someone who lived in a nook or hollow, derived from the Old English ‘hale’, ‘h(e)alh’, nook, hollow, recess. The name thus comes to signify ‘dweller at a corner ( of land )’; corner, nook, or secret place. In Northern England the word often has a specialized meaning, denoting a piece of flat alluvial land by the side of a river, originally one deposited in a bend; in the south-east however it seems to have meant often to have reffered to a patch of dry land in a fen. It may also be a habitational name derived from the several places in England so named with this fossilized inflected form, which would originally have been preceded by a preposition such as -at. The name may also derive from the Anglo-Saxon personal name ‘Hoele’, signifieing man, hero. The name dates back to the eleventh century were a William de Hales is recorded in historical archives. The name was brought to America by English immigrants. One of the first fore fathers to bring this name to Amer… Coat of arms: Per fesse wavy argent and sable two, in chief cinquefoils of the second pierced…
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