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Dale (boy)

What does Dale mean?

Dale Pronunciation of Dale [dale] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' 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". Roy Roger's consort Dale Evans; success guru Dale Carnegie.

Associated with: old english, valley, surname, guru (wise).


Dale has 8 variants: Dael, Daile, Dalen, Daley, Dallan, Dalle, Dallin and Dayle.

Creative forms:
(male) Daleo, Dele, ..

(female) Dala, Dami, ..

Middle name pairings:
Dale Mayson (D.M.), ..

How popular is Dale?

Dale is a very prominent first name for men (#109 out of 1220, Top 9%) and also a very prominent last name for all people (#1103 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Dale reached its highest rank of #50 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is at #1092 presently. (Top 2000 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 boy names. Dayle, Dalen and Dallin are the popular varying forms of Dale (#1092 from current records). These forms of Dale reached the apex of their popularity 65 years ago (usage of 0.4%) and are now significantly less widespread.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Dale, Dalen, Dallin, Dayle in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Dale is pronounced similarly to Dal, Del, Dell and Doyle. Other suggested similar names are Able, Bale, Caile, Cale, Cole, Dace, Dacy, Dade, Dag, Dago, Dahey, Dahy, Dailey, Daily, Daine, Dalles, Dalten, Daly, Dalyn, Damen, Dana, Dane, Danek, Dani, Darek, Daryle, Dave, Davey, Davi, Davy, Daw, Dawe, Dawley, Dax, Daye, Daylen, Dayne, Deane, Deke, Dekle, Deli, Dene, Doane, Dolf, Dowe, Drake, Drue, Dwade, Dwane, Eagle, Gable, Gale, Hale, Jule, Kale, Karle, Kayle, Kile, Kyle, Lale, Lyle, Neale, Nile, Olle, Peale, Udale (see Udell), Vaile, Vale, Yale, Yule and Zale. These names tend to be less frequently used than Dale.

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