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What does Dale mean?

Dale /dale/ [1 syll.] 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.

Kreatif forms: Daele, Dele. [more]

How popular is Dale?

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 (#1103 out of 150436, 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.

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 these girl names was at its most widespread during 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4554%) and has become significantly lower since (usage 0.1695%, down 62.8%), 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. Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of the girl name Dale and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Dale, Lena, Lina, Lynn, Madeline in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of 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.