Dale / Family History
The Dale ancient family history was found in the irishsurnames.com archives. The name Dale is a locational name describing someone who lived in a valley. Variants include Daile, Dales, Deal and Dell. This name is of Anglo-Saxon descent spreading to the Celtic countries of Ireland, Scotland and Wales in early times and is found in many mediaeval manuscripts throughout these countries. Examples of such are a Ralph de la Dale and a Thomas de la Dale, both of Suffolk, who were recorded in the 'Hundred Rolls', England, in the year 1273. A Robertus del Dale was recorded in the 'Poll Tax', of the West Riding of Yorkshire, in the year 1379. In Scotland a Johannes de Dale was a charter witness at Yester in the year 1374. A Syme of Daile and Jok of Dail, of Newtoun, are recorded in Ayrshire in the year 1470. In Ireland these names are mostly found in Ulster Province having been introduced there from England and Scotland, especially during the seventeenth century.The Dale family crest (or coat of arms) came into existence many centuries ago. The process of creating these coats of arms began as early as the eleventh century although a form of Proto-Heraldry may have existed in some countries prior to this, including Ireland. The new more formalized art of Heraldry made it possible for families and even individual family members to have their very own family crest, coat of arms, including Dale descendants.