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What does Dale mean?

Dale \d(a)-le\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Dale) is pronounced dayl. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Dale is "valley". Place name. Originally a surname meaning "one who lives in the valley". Dalena and Dalenna are also short form variants of Madeline. Actress Dale Evans.


Dale has 12 variants: Dael, Daelyn, Dail, Daile, Dalena, Dalene, Dalenna, Dalina, Dalla, Daly, Dayla and Dayle.

Dale has 29 more alternative forms via Dalenna, Madeline: Dalanna, Lena, Lina, Lynn, Mada, Maddie, Maddy, Madel, Madelle, Madena, Madge, Madlen, Madlin, Madlyn, Mady, Magda, Maidel, Mala, Malena, Malina, Marleah, Marleen, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Marline, Marlyne, Maud and Maude.

Dale has 1 masculine form: Dallin.


Dale is a very prominent first name for females (#696 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#957 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Dale for girls. Dale entered the list in 1910-1919 and reached its top position of #302 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed currently. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dale name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Dale outside U.S.

Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Dale and corresponding names. Lena (#279 a year ago), Lina (#767), Lynn, Madeline (#89), Madge, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Maud and Maude are the popular varying forms of Dale. Adoption of this girl name was at its most widespread during the years 1880-1889 and has become significantly lower since, with versions such as Madge, Marlena, Marlene, Maud and Maude falling out of style. Lena (#279) and Madeline (#89) are two of the more fashionable names for newborns in this compilation, with both names undergoing a rekindling in popularity. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dale, Lena, Lina, Lynn, Madeline, Madge, Marlen, Marlena, Marlene, Maud, Maude in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Lena, Lina, Madeline outside U.S.

Similar Names

Dale is pronounced similarly to Dahl, Del, Dell, Delle and Doll. Other suggested similar baby names are Dace, Daleia, Dalia, Dalya, Dane, Dela, Delie, Dila, Dola, Gale and Vale. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dale.