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What does Dale mean?

Dale Pronunciation of Dale [dale] as a girls' name (also used more regularly 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.

Associated with: old english, surname.


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

Dale has 10 more alternative forms via Dalenna, Madeline: Mada, Madel, Madge, Madlen, Mady, Mala, Malena, Marlen, Maud and Maude.

Dale has 1 masculine form: Dallin.

Creative forms:
(female) Dele, Dile, ..

(male) Dalede, Daleo, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dale Susana (D.S.), ..

How popular is Dale?

Dale is a very prominent first name for women (#696 out of 4276, Top 16%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#1103 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Charted below is the baby name popularity of Dale for girls. Dale reached its peak position of #299 in the U.S. during the years 1940-1949, but is not listed at the moment. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dale name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Below is a charted analysis of the ranking of Dale and corresponding names. Madeline (#90 from current records), Dayle and Dalene are the popular variation forms of Dale. Usage of these relations of Dale was widespread in 1998 (median #1512) and is somewhat less today (#1522, down 40%), with the form Dale falling out of fashion.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dale, Dalene, Dayle, Madeline in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dale is pronounced similarly to Dahl, Del, Dell, Delle, Dielle and Doll. Other suggested similar names are Alle, Carle, Cele, Cile, Cole, Dace, Dacee, Dacey, Dacie, Dacy, Dada, Dafne, Dagne, Dai, Daleia, Dalia, Daline, Dalma, Dalya, Dama, Dana, Dane, Danea, Danele, Daney, Dani, Danie, Danne, Dany, Daph, Dara, Darb, Darel, Darla, Dasie, Davy, Dawn, Dawne, Day, Daya, Deane, Dee, Dela, Delie, Dene, Diane, Dila, Doe, Dola, Dore, Dove, Drue, Duane, Dyane, Elle, Gale, Halle, Hazle, Iole, Kahle, Kalle, Kayle, Mable, Neale, Paule, Peale, Sile, Vale and Zele. These names tend to be less commonly used than Dale.

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