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Origin: Old English
Meaning: Little Valley

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Dale

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Dale in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Dale:

  • Records indicate that 275,436 boys in the United States have been named Dale since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1958, when 8,479 people in the U.S. were given the name Dale. Those people are now 63 years old.

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    Comments about the name Dale

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      18 Positive Comments

  • "I am Dayle. Added the y when I was 14. Saw a female model with that spelling. My parents were very agreeable. We changed my birth certificate. It was very cool. That they understood the gender need." Feb. 22, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "My wife wants to name all of our children Dale after their dear ol daddy. Dale is hands down not only the best name in existence, but the best word as well. Signed, Big Dale" Feb. 3, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Roger Dale. I never would answer to Roger when I was little and politely informed my mother my name was not Roger but Dale. Growing up in the 70-80's I seldom met other Dales. Only one I can remember a guy I became good friends with in my teens. Then I married my wife and her Father's name is Dale and she has a maternal uncle named Dale, and a cousin. My son's middle name is also Dale. I always hated Roger so we Named his first name Billie after my Great Uncle Billie who I was close to. My wife's half sister through her father is named Dayle. So it is definitely a family name in our family." Nov. 25, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Dale Robert, both are family names. He was born in 2010, my brother who's middle name is Dale is 28, my grandpa Dale is 61, and my husband's childhood best friend, also Dale, is 32. We live in middle America. My name Amy, and my husband's name Matt are both pretty common among our generation. We did not want our son to have to go by their first and last name, big/little, or #1/#2, &c. Therefore, we chose a name that is not so common, yet not completely unusual. We love the name Dale. Unfortunately, people often think we are saying "Gail"." Nov. 7, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a 47 year Dale ( male) from Australia. My mother was a big fan of Dale Evans ( third wife of country singer Roy Rogers) and she told me I was to be Dale if I was a boy or girl. I had some hang-ups with it as a kid but it really does not bother me now. I have met a few over the years both male and female and with variations in the spelling - such as Dayle and Dail (stupid spelling) anyway nice to know there is a page on the net devoted to Dale." Apr. 9, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi my name is dale. And i just love my name, most oftenly people mistake my name for others when i mention it but i still love it as the only person with the name in my skul. I'd even consider naming my child same. Its a lucky name" Aug. 10, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dale and I am female. People on the phone almost always ask if I said 'Gail' which irritates a little or they will ask for Mr Dale ..... I love my name however and am amused when seeing the surprised look on peoples' faces when I am introduced for the first time. Oh, a female Dale? I love that phrase! My health visitors when I had my own children encouraged her daughter to name her little girl Dale after meeting me so that was a real compliment." Aug. 11, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I always liked it because it wasn't that common, and in recent years it has taken on a more masculine image because of a certain motorsports legend, so it probably keeps getting better." Nov. 5, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "i'm a girl named's kinda wierd that most "Dale"s are male...but i love my name,the way it spells,sounds..." Aug. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Dale. one time i worked with this guy named Chip and we never heard the end of the lame jokes..." May. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dale, I'm a girl and i absolutely love it! Even though the typical female spelling is "Dayle" I love how I don't know anybody else with the same name or spelling as me. I used to get teased about the chipmunks and stuff but now I think it's great, its so unique and earthy" Feb. 20, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I like my name. Names are important, and it amazing how well they fit personalities." Oct. 14, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dale, i want the name dale to be in the top 1000 again. all who share this name of dale in thier lineage ought take heed." Jul. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "dale is a great name its smart simple sophisticated and comes from the meaning little river which is what we arein life trying to find our way into the sea . but for me its a funny crazy eccentric name ." Jul. 17, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my brother's name and he was named after my grandfather. It is a very uncommon name for someone who was born in the 1980's and I think that is awesome! I like it and if you have this name be grateful because you are not one of the many Joshuas or Michaels in the world." Feb. 8, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I Get nicknmed "Dale Farm" and "Dale Winton", but I dont mind, it may be unpopular were I live, but at leat no one forgets me for being the only Dale in the country!" May. 3, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Dale after his great grandfather (who was a fun guy). Dale may be the only one in his school (500 kids). We went with short, simple, strong, easy to pronounce names for both of our boys (the other is Abe), in the hopes that it would simplify one aspect of their lives for them." Feb. 24, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Dale is my name. I am a man but I also think it makes a good girls name" Dec. 26, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "I'm a male born in 1958 named Dale. I hate my name. Its so lame. Its not masculine or manly. A lot of females are named Dale. Ugh. I use my first and middle intials then my last name whenever I need to fill something out. I loath my name. AAARRRGGGHHHH!!!" Sep. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

      18 Neutral Comments

  • "Dale seems to have been more popular in the southern and mid-west USA. I was named after my father's brother who died as a toddler." Jun. 26, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a Dale too. I had a best friend geowing up named Dale and I think we became friendgs mostly because of our shared name. Not sure if any other Dales got this one, but again when I was younger, there was a TV commercial for a dish washing detergent where this kid jumps in this swimming pool and when he surfaced he grabbed... well, this is what he said "...Mrs. burk, oh I thought you were Dale". I heard that for" Aug. 16, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am female and my name is Dale. It only bothers me when it is assumed that I am male." Feb. 5, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "When I was born my name was spelt Dale but I always felt that was the boys spelling age 9 I was known as Dayle I'm now 15 and still hate my name. I would do anything to have a normal name" Jan. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is dale. i like ham on top of a freshly painted carbereta. wow it sounds super sometimes i get called da ul i dont mind as this just adds to the comidy value of the name dale, however a slight variation in taunts towards mmyself and being related to a dale winton of such has caused me to end my life" Dec. 1, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dale, after being raised in texas and moving to minnesota, many people made fun of my name by tryin to pronounce it with a accent, but the jokes about the chipmunks and many other thing follow no matter where you go. i love my name, its not very common and was a family name" Oct. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dale. It is okay. If I was going to name myself I'd pick something different. I did have a friend growing up named Chip. We didn't mind the Chip & Dale stuff but I didn't like: "Dale the whale lives in a pail and eats snails when it hails"!" Jul. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Dale, I'm a 17 year old male from London, England. I loved the way I was the only person in my primary, and secondary school to have this name, it's really unique compared to everyone elses, but I've never accually been sure as to if I like it or not. //Dale" Feb. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am a Dale and didn't want my name cause of the chipmunk. When I was a koid, I was the only one in my school and have only met one other Dale.I have been told by people how they think my name is unique. I like my name, now that I have grown into it! People say it fits me!" Sep. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is dale. I'm 24 and i love it. I was the only dale at school, and am still the only dale in my town. Its great!" Aug. 15, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I was named after my grandfather, Dale. Growing up, one of my neighbors was a girl named, Dale. I love the name because my grandfather was a strong yet very compassionate person. Dale fits me perfectly!" Jun. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "For as unpopular as this name seems, I have a couple instances of it in my history: my dad's middle name is Dale, but he goes by it because his first name is even worse... poor kid. My middle name is Dale as well, but I go by my first, so it's no big deal. And I've been dating a girl for about three years now, and her father's name is Dale as well. My children, we have discussed, will not have Dale in their names because I simply do not like it." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a child everyone always made jokes like farmer in the dale and dale the it was also my dads name. i have met a couple people with the name but not really." Jan. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "hi my name is dale and im a woman most poeple think my name is nice but some times they think of a boy name" Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is my name and I guess I'm OK with it. It was not my mother's first choice but she was talked into it. I wonder why it was so popular in 1950 which was when I was born?" Apr. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my husband named my son dale, i never liked the name,still to this day i find it hard to say,dale is now nine. i thought dale was a unuasl name." Sep. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Name is Dale i think its a nice name i like the way it rolls off my tongue when i say it people normally say it properly or think its Darryl very annoying !!! thanks mom for calling me Dale !!!" May. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have a uncle named Dale, and he is funny and eccentric." Nov. 25, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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