Bale Family Crest, Coat of Arms and Name History


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Bale Origin:

England, France

Origins of Bale:

This unique surname is of an Old French origin, brought into Britain after the Norman invasion of 1066. It is either a geographical name for a person who resided by a wall of the outer yard of a medieval palace, or a metonymic professional name for an owner of the courts or Bailey. It acquires from the Middle English, “bail(e)” which means the wall of the outer court of a medieval palace. Previous recordings were written as Eudo del Bayle in the 1301 Premium Rolls of Yorkshire, and John Bayl, in the 1382 Feet of Fines of Sussex. In the modern era, the surname can appear listed as Bail, Bayle, Bale, Baile, Baiyle, Bailes, Bails, and Bayles, the other plural forms are almost actually shortened nicknames. Other documentations contain as Thomas Bale of Suffolk in 1524, the naming of Audrey Bale in June 1539, at St. Margaret’s, Westminster, and the calling of Jhone, son of Thome Bale, in March 1559, at St. Michael’s, Wood Street, also London. An interesting recording is that of Hanna Baile at the age of 20 years, who traveled from Liverpool aboard the ship ‘Sardinia’ obligated for New York in May 1846.


More common variations are: Beale, Baley, Baile, Bayle, Boale, Balie, Bawle, Bhale, Balea, Baleh.


The surname Bale first appeared in Norfolk at Bale, a hamlet within the local church of Gunthorpe which is sometimes back to the Domesday Book of 1086 where it recorded as Bathele.

The very first recording spelling of the family was shown to be that of Richard de Baille, dated about 1190, in the record of “St. Bartholomew’s Hospital”, London. It was during the time of King Richard I, who was known to be the “The Lionheart,” dated 1189-1199.

United States of America:

Individuals with the surname Bale settled in the United States in three different centuries respectively in the 17th, 18th, and 19th. Some of the individuals with the name Bale who landed in the United States in the 17th century included Alexander Bale, who arrived in Virginia in 1622. Alexander Bale who settled in Virginia in 1623. Vincent Bale, who landed in Long Island in 1683.

People with the surname Bale who settled in the United States in the 18th century included Heinrich Bale, who arrived in New Jersey in 1750. Henry Bale, who landed in New Jersey in 1750. George Bale settled in New England in 1772.

The following century saw many more Bale surnames arrive. Some of the population with the surname Bale who arrived in the United States in the 19th century included Dudley Bale landed in New Orleans, La in 1813. James Bale, who came to Minnesota in 1849.


Some of the people with the surname Bale who landed in Canada in the 19th century included Mr. Henry Bale moved to Canada, arriving at the Grosse Island Quarantine Station in Quebec aboard the ship” Nelson’s Village.”


People with the surname Bale who settled in Australia in the 19th century included William Bale arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832.


Some of the individuals with the surname Bale who settled in New Zealand in the 19th century included Philip Bale arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship “Edwin Fox” in 1875.

Here is the population distribution of the last name Bale: India 19,080; Nigeria 4,127; England 3,350; United States 3,317; Ivory Coast 2,192; Indonesia 1,536; Flji 1,532; Papua New; Guinea 1,494; Australia 1,246; South Africa 858.

Notable People:

Ernest Bale (1878–1952), was an English cricket player.

Gareth Bale (b. 1989), was a Welsh football player, from Cardiff

John Bale (baseball) (b. 1974), was a baseball player.

Lan Bale (b. 1969), was an old South African tennis player.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

1) Notes: (Carleton-Curlew, co. Leicester, bart.). Blazon: Per pale vert and gu. an eagle displ. or. Crest—A demi lion gu. sustaining a broken spear or.
2) Notes: None. Blazon: Ar. two bars gu. in chief as many mullets pierced sa.
3) Notes: None. Blazon: Ar. three torteaux in fesse.

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