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Hale Surname Name Meaning, Origin, History, & Etymology
There are several origins theories or meanings of the surnames Hale or Hales. First, this last name is a locational or habitational name meaning “at the hale”, i.e., the hall, denoting a person who lived in or near a hall, or who was an owner or servant thereof. Second, it may be a locational or habitational name meaning “of Hales”, denoting a person who was from one of several locales in England, including parishes in Stafford, Norfolk, Gloucestershrire, or Worcester (Hales Owen). In the Cornish-British language, the word signifies low, level lands that are washed by water from a sea or river, similar to a moor. One author states the word derives from the Saxon word hale or heile, meaning strong or healthy and the word ley. Other historians believe it derives from the Saxon word halig, meaning holy. Yet another author, Eldson Coles Smith, in his 1956 book Dictionary of American Family Names, states this is a Welsh/English name that means dweller at the nook, corner, small hollow, or secret place, deriving from the Old English and Middle English word hale. Another source mentions that in the southeast of England, the word often referred to a piece of dry land in a fen. Another theory us that the is an English and Scottish name that denotes a person who lived in a remote valley (halh) or by a salt water estuary (heil) and that it is an ancient British, pre-Roman word. Lastly, one source asserts this may have serived from a Middle English personal name which derived from one of two Old English bynames: Haele (here) or Haegel, which is turn may be related to the Germanic name Hagano, meaning hawthorn. In Ireland, this name was sometimes used in place of the Irish last names MacHale/McHale (Gaelic MacCeile) and Healy. One of the earliest ancestors of this family was Roger de Halys who received a tenement in the Abbey of Baungey in 1172 AD. He was the progenitor of the Hales of Woodchurch and Bekesbourne, county Kent, as well as the Hales of Coventry, baronets. The family first established itself in significant numbers in Cheshire. The name also moved to Scotland, where a one Michel de Hale del counte de Edenberk paid homage to King Edward I (who conquered Scotland) in 1296 AD.) There is a fourteenth Hailes Castle near East Linton, East Lothian Scotland.

Spelling Variations
Some spelling variants or names with similar etymologies include Hale, Hales, Hals, Haile, Hayle, Hal, Hail, Hele, MacHale, Haley, Heale, Hawle, Hoale, Kaule, Halye, Halie, and Hoale, along with about 100 others. For Askkenaciz Jews, it can be a spelling variant of the name Halle.

Popularity & Geographic Distribution
The last name Hale ranks 338th in popularity in the United Status as of the 2000 Census. The name ranks particularly high in the following five states: Tennessee, Kentucky, Oklahoma, Arkansas, and Idaho. The surname Hale frequency/commonness ranks as follows in the British Isles: England (451st), Scotland (1,143rd), Wales (273rd), Ireland (1,856th) and Northern Ireland (1,341st). In England, it ranks highest in counties Gloucestershire, Hertfordshire, and Wiltshire. In Scotland, the surname ranks highest in Clackmannanshire and Shetland. In Wales, it ranks highest in Monmouthshire. In Ireland, it ranks highest in counties Waterford and Sligo. In Northern Ireland, it ranks highest in county Armagh. The name is also present throughout the remainder English speaking world:  Canada (1,293rd), New Zealand (517th), Australia (766th), and South Africa (3,819th).  The 1890 book Homes of Family Names by H.B. Guppy, states the following in regard to this surname: “Hales is a very ancient name in this county, going back to the 13th century. Hale is the name of a manor on which the family of De Hale resided in the 13th and 14th centuries”.

Early Bearers of the Surname
William de Hales was documented in the Pipe Rolls of Shropshire in 1180 AD. The Hundred Rolls of 1273 AD, a census of Wales and England, known in Latin as Rotuli Hundredorum lists five bearers of this surname: Richard de la Hale (Oxford), Walter en le Hale (Sussex), Richard de Hales (Salop), Matilda de Hales (Norfolk), and Robert de Hales (Wiltshire). The Close Roll of 1273 AD lists one “Robert in the Hale”. Morus de la Hales was recorded in Kent, England in 1214 AD. John del Hale was recorded in Hertfordshire in 1214 AD in the Curia Regis Rolls. A one William Hayles was documented in the Friary Rolls of Yorkshire in 1456 AD. John atte Hale was recorded in county Somerset in 1327 AD according to Kirby’s Quest. Warin in the Hale was recorded in the Pardons Roll in 1385 AD. Edward Atte-hale was documented in county Norfolk, England in 1409 AD. Alexander de Hales was recorded in county Norfolk in 1245 AD, Ralph de Hales was recorded in county York, England in 1291 AD. The Poll Tax of Yorkshire in 1379 AD lists one bearer of this last name: Thomas de Hales. Early marriages involving this surname include William Hale to Anne Lydyat in London in 1617, Charles Hales to Elizabeth Fysshe in London in 1575, and James Hailes to Marie Donaldson at St. George’s Hanover Square in 1805. An early baptism involving this last name was Isabell, daughter of Henry Hales, at St. James Clerkenwell in 1662.

Hale Family Tree & Hale Genealogy
The following is a discussion of three different noble, royal, landed, or aristocratic families bearing this last name.

Hale of Alderley

Alderley House
Alderley House

The lineage or ancestry of this branch of the Hale family tree traces back to Robert Hale, Esquire, who in 1570, married Alice Crew of Alderley, county Gloucester, England, in modern-day Great Britain or the United Kingdom in the British Isles of Europe. They had a son together also named Robert, who in 1599, married Joan, daughter of Matthew Poyntz, and had a son with her named Mathew. This son was Sir Mathew Hale, Knight of Alderley, who was born in November 1609. He was Lord Chief Justice of the King’s Bench who was knighted at Whitehall in late January in 1661. He first married Ann, sister of Sir Henry Moor of Fawley, Berkshire, and had four sons with her as follows: Robert (his successor), Mathew (of Hildesley, married Ann Symbols, had son named Mathew in 1675), Thomas (of Lincoln’s Inn) and Edward (of Ewelme, Ocford, married Mary Godyer of Heythorpe, had children named Robert, Thomas, and Overbury). Sir Mathew secondly married Ann, daughter of Joseph Bishop of Fawley. He died in 1676. He was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert Hale, Esq. of Alderley, England who was born in 1632. This Robert married Frances, daughter of Sir Francis Cheke, Knight of Avington, who had two sons: Mathew and Gabriel. His son Gabriel was an Esquire of Cottles, in county Wiltshire, who was born in 1669. He married Amy, daughter of Edward Bisse of Frampton Cotterell, and had two sons with her: Edward and Mathew (married Mary Harding, had son named John). He died in 1718 and was succeeded by his eldest son. This son, Gabriel Hale, Esquire of Bristol, married Ann Oliver, and had one surviving child, a daughter named Anne Hale. In 1779, This Ann, of Alderley, married John Blagden of Gray’s Inn, and had five issue with her as follows: Robert Hale Blagden (successor), John Blagden (of Gloucester, married and had children), Mary Anne (married Reverend James Phelps in 1810, had a son named William Joseph Phelps of Chestal, Dursley), Anne (married Reverend John Kedington Whish of Cheltenham), and Elizabeth (married Reverend Martin Richard Whish, Vicar of Sr. Mary Redcliffe). He succeeded to the estate of Alderley upon the death of Matthew Hale, Esquire, and assumed the surname and arms of Hale by Royal Sign-Manual in 1784.

Reverend Matthew Blagden Hale
Reverend Matthew Blagden Hale (1811-1895)

He was succeeded by his eldest son, Robert Hale Blagden, Esquire of Alderley, who was born in 1780. In 1807, he married Lady Theodosia Eleanor Bourke, daughter of Joseph Dean, 3rd Earl of Mayo, and had five children with her as follows: Robert Blagden (discussed in more detail below),  John Richard Blagden (Colonel in the Army, married Jane Clare, had issue including a daughter named Jane Clare who married Lieutenant-Colonel Alfred Cook), Matthew Blagden (D.D., Bishop of Queensland, Australia, first married Sophia Clode, had issue, and later married Sabina Molloy and had issue with her as well), Edward Blagden (Lieutenant General, Colonel of the 82nd Regiment), and Theodosia Eleanor (married Thomas George Wills Sandford of Castlerea, had issue). He died in 1855 and was succeeded by his son Robert. This son,Robert Blagden-Hale, Esquire of Alderley, county Gloucester, England, was a Justice of the Peace (for Wilts and Gloucester), High Sheriff, and Member of Parliament for West Gloucestershire from 1836 to 1857, born in 1807. In 1832, he married Anne Jane, eldest daughter of George Peter Holford, and fathered give children with her as follows: Robert (Lieutenant Colonel of the 7th Hussars, born 1834), Matthew Holford, Anne (married T.H Sherwood in 1859), Theodosia, and Georginia. The Hale Coat of Arms (mistakenly called the Hale Family Crest of Hale Family Shield) is blazoned in heraldry as follows: Argent, a fess sable in chief three cinquefouls of the last. Crest: A heron’s head erased sable. This family was seated in Alderley, England, in modern day United Kingdom in Europe.

Hale of King’s Walden

Richard Hale
Richard Hale I (1536-1621)

The Hale genealogy begins with a discussion of Richard Hale, son of Thomas Hale of Codicote and Anne Michell. He procured the estate of King’s Walden, Hertsford, England during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603). He first married Mary Lambert, an heiress, with whom he had a son named William (his heir). He secondly married Dyonisia Giffard of Somerset, by whom he had two sons: Richard and Robert. He died in 1620 and was succeeded by his son, William. This son was William Hale of King’s Walden, High Sheriff of Hertsfordshire in 1621, who married Rose, daughter of Sir George Bond, and had two daughters and five sons with her. He died in 1634. His heir was his eldest son, Rowland, Esquire of King’s Walden, born in 1600. He was a High Sheriff as well and he married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Henry Garwey, with whom he had a son and successor named William. This William Hale, Esquire of King’s Walden, who was a Member of Parliament, married Mary, daughter of Jeremiah Elwes of Roxby, with whom he had ten sons and four daughters, including: Richard (married Elizabeth Mcynell of Meynell-Langley, had issue named Mary, a Maid of Honor to Queen Anne, and William), Sir Bernard (discussed below), Mary (married John Plumber of Blakeware), Elizabeth, Katharine (married John Hoskyns of Reigate), and Elizabeth (married Nicholas Bonfoy of Abbot’s Rippon). He was succeeded by his son, Sir Bernard Hale, who was born in 1722 and was the Chief Baron of the Exechequer in Ireland, and subsequently received Knighthood. He married Anne Thursby of county Northampton, and fathered the following children with her: 1) William (his heir), Richard (died 1812 at age 92), 2) Bernard (Colonel of the 20th regiment, Lieutenant Governor of Chelsea Hospital, married Martha Rigby of Mistley Hall, had son named Lieutenant Colonel Francis Hale), 3) John (of Plantation near Guisborough, General in the army, Colonel of 17th Light Dragoons, Governor of Londonderry and Coolmore, married Mary Chaloner of Guisborough, had 21 children before his 1806 death, including John, Henry, Captain Bernard, William, Richard, Richard, Captain George Charles, Francis, Francis, Vicissimus, Edward, Mary, Ann, Harriot, Emily, Catherine, Octavia, Emma, Elizabeth, Jane) 4) Catherine (married Thomas Nugent), 5) Jane (married Reverend Martin Madan), and 6) Anne. He died in 1729 and was succeeded by his son William. This William, in 1745, married Elizabeth, daughter of Sir Charles Farnaby, Baronet, and had the following children with her: William (his heir), Paggen (a Banker in London, married Miss Mary Keet), Elizabeth (married Reverend Mr. Stillingfleet), Charlotte (married Thomas Duncombe of Duncombe Park and later Thomas, 2nd Earl of Onslow), Sarah (married Reverend James Bowles, Rector of Burford) and Anne (married Sir Edward Dering).

Archdeacon William Hale
Archdeacon William Hale Hale (1795-1870)

He died in 1793. His son William was an Esquire of King’s Walden who in 1777 married Honorable Mary Grimston, daughter of James, 2nd Viscount Grimston, and had the following issue with her: William (his heir), Paggen (born 1784, died at Pimleo), Cecil Farnaby Richard (served in Royal Navy), Henry Jeremy (Curate of King’s Walden, Vicar of Messing, Essex, Rector of Harpenden, married Franches Sowerby of Putterridgebury, had children named Henry Grimston, Paggen, Mary Cecil, Frances Anne, and Gertrude Lewis),Charlotte Bucknall (married her cousin, Cholmeley Dering of Surrenden Dering), and Elizabeth Mary (married George Proctor of Mardocks). He died in 1829 and was succeeded by his eldest son William. This son was William Hale, Esq. of King’s Walden who was born in 1782 and became High Sheriff in 1830. In 1815, he first married Elizabeth, daughter of Honorable William Leeson of The Node, and had the following issue with her: William, Emily Mary Brand (married Reverend Philip Yorke Savile, son of Earl of Mexborough). He later married, in 1824, Charlotte, daughter of Sir Richard Joseph Sullivan, Baronet of Thames Ditton, and fathered two children with her: Charles and Charlotte Eliza (married her cousin, Henry Grimston Hale, in 1857). His son Charles Cholmeley Halle was an Esquire of King’s Walden, county Hertsfords, Justice of the Peace, and member of the Rifle Brigade was born in 1830. In 1853, he first married Augusta Mary, daughter of Edward Fearnley Whittingstall of Langlebury, and had two sons with her: William Edmund Brand (1854) and Gerald Delme (1856). In 1870, he secondly married Emily Rebecca, daughter of William Comerford Casey, Esquire, and had more children with her. The Hale Coat of Arms has the following heraldic blazon: Azure, a chevron embattled and counter embattled or. Crest: A snake proper entwined round five arrows or, headed sable feathered argent one in pale four saltier. Motto: Vera sequor. They were seated at King’s Walden, Hitchin, England.

Hales Hall, home of Sir Roger de Hales

Hale of Somerton Hall
The lineage or ancestry of this branch of the Hale family tree traces back to Joseph Hale, Esquire of Somerton Hall, county Suffolk, who was born in 1749. In 1788, he married Anne, daughter of Thomas Eaton of Goldingham Hall, Bulmer and had three sons and three daughters with her. His eldest son was Joseph Eaton Hale, Esq. who was born in 1790. In 1842, he married Sarah Forrester, daughter of Reverend Thomas Prosser of Dorstone, and died in 1874, having four children with her: Joseph John Frost, Thomas Prosser, Mary Anne Prosser, and Finetta Sarah. He died in 1874 and was succeeded by his son, Joseph John Frost Hale, Esquire of Somerton Hall, Bury St. Edmund’s, county Suffolk, England, a Barrister-at-Law, who was born in January of 1843.

Other Hale Pedigree & Family Trees
The earliest recorded ancestor or progenitor of this family was Lord Roger de Hales (or Hayls) who was born in Hales, Norfolk, England, around 1130 AD. He had a son named Lord William de Hales (or Halys) who was born in England around 1156 AD. The following is a pedigree or genealogical lineage from him:
Walter de Hales (born in Hales, Norfolk, England around 1202 AD)
Ralph de Hales or Hayles (born in Hales, England around 1248 AD)
Sir Roger de HaleS, Coroner of Harwich (born in Harwich, Essex, England around 1274 AD)
Nicolas de Hales (born in Hales Place, Canterbury, Kent, around 1300 AD)
Sir Nicholas De Hales (1327 AD)
Thomas De Hales (1352 AD)
John Hales (1375 AD)
Henry Hales (195 AD)
John Hales, Member of Parliament, Baron of the Exchequer (1450 AD)
Sir James Hales (1554 AD)
Humphrey Hale (1496 AD)
Humphrey Haile (1544 AD)
John Haile (1575 AD)
Captain Richard Haile (1626)
Dr. John Haile (1675)
Francis Haile (born in England in 1724, went to Virginia)
Stephen Haile (born in Bedford County, Virginia in 1750)
Thomas Hail Sr. (born in Virginia in 1776)
Gideon Hail (born 1813)
Frances J.Hail (daughter born in 1846, married William Ingram, had daughter named Ethel Barleston Shedrick)

sir bernard hale, john hale
General John Hale (1728-1806), son of Sir Bernard Hale

A one Joseph Hawley was born in Rolvenden, Kent, England in 1576. He had a son named Henry. This Henry Hale was born in England around 1596. He married Henrietta and later Olive Mildmay. He was to colonial America. He had at least two children: Robert and Joanna (Pentecost). His son Robert was born in King’s Walden, Hertfordshire, England around 1607. He went to colonial America with his father. He married Joanna Cutter and had three issue with her: John, Mary, and Joanna (Dodge). His son John Hale was born in Charlestown, Massachusetts in 1636. He was a Reverend who married three times: Rebecca Biley, Sarah Noyes, and Elizabeth Somerby. He had two sons: James and Samuel. His son James was born in Beverly, Massachusetts in 1685. He married Sarah Hathaway and had two sons with her: James Hale and John Haile. The former was born in Ashford, Connecticut in 1717. He was a Captain (in the army or militia?) and married Elizabeth Bicknell, having two children with her: Joanna (Warner) and John. His son John Hale was born in Ashford, CT in October of 1747. He fought in the American Revolution and married Mehitable Knowlton and had a son with her named Frederick, among others. This Frederick was born in Connecticut in 1786. He married Abigail Warner and had issue with her, including a son named Henry. This Henry Hale was born in Otsego County, New York in 1813. He married Ellen Amanda Barnes and had fathered the following three children with her: Maria Eliza (Davis), Byard Barnes, and Edwin Elizer. His son Edwin was born in 1839 and died in 1851.

Early American and New World Settlers
The book Genealogical Guide to the Early Settlers, discusses nine bearers of this last name:
1) Gershom Hale, of Springfield, had several children before going thither, and one born in 1698, when his wife Ann died there. Little else is known of him, except for the fact that he had a son and daughter who both married in 1708.
2) Robert Hale, who likely came with George Winthrop, and was one of the earliest settlers in Boston. He was created a freeman in 1634 and served in an artillery company. He was a selectman for eleven years. He died in 1659. He had children named John (1636), Mary (1639), Zachary (1641), Samuel (1644), and Joanna.
3) Samuel Hale of Hartford, Connecticut, 1640, one of the original proprietors at Norwalk, 1654, had first been at Wethersfield 1642, and with his brother Thomas, fought in the Pequot War in 1637. He was a representative for Norwalk in 1657-8 and again in 1660. He moved back to Wethersfield and lived in a part now called Glastonbury. He had issue as follows: Samuel, John, Thomas, Ebenezer, Mary, Rebecca, and Dorothy.
4) Thomas Hale of Roxbury, brother of the preceding Samuel, was of Newbury, a glover by trade, who came to the New World in 1635, with his wife Thomasin, and son Thomas, born 1633, and was made a freeman in 1639. While living in colonial America, he had a son named John (1636) and Samuel. He lived at Haverhill where he was a selectman (member of local government). He lived in Salem most likely as well. He returned to Newbury and died there in 1682 at the age of 78.
5) Thomas Hale of Saco, 1653, who was made a freeman in Massachusetts.
6) Thomas Hale of Charlestown, who in 1659, married Mary Nash, daughter of William, and had a son named John who was baptized in 1665. He was made a freeman in 1671. This may be the same Thomas of Roxbury, MA.
7) Thomas Hale, of Hadley, who married Priscilla, daughter of William Markham, who fathered the following children with her: Martha (1676), Thomas (1678), John (1680), Samuel (1683), Priscilla (1685), William (1687), Joseph (1691), and Samuel. He also lived in Enfield. He died around 1725.
8) Thomas Hale of Windsor, who in 1663, married Sarah, daughter of Thomas Barber, and had children named Timothy (1667), John (1670), Thomas (1672), Samuel (1674), Vine (1675), Josiah (1678), and Joanna (1680). He also lived in Suffield.
9) William Hale of Billerica, who married a woman named Ann, and died in 1668.

Thomas Hale, age 30, came aboard the George in October 1623.
Joseph Hales, age 21, came to Virginia aboard the Hopewell of London in July 1635.
Joseph Hale, age 14, came to Virginia aboard the Globe of London in August 1635.
Barnabie Hale came to the New World aboard the Dove in late October 1679.

Other early settlers in colonial America bearing this surname who came in the eighteenth century include James Hale (Virginia 1714), Jean Hale (New York 1725), Egram Hale (Pennsylvania 1730), and Sophia Hale (Pennsylvania 1730). In Canada, two of the earliest settlers bearing this last name were David and Robert Hale, who came to Nova Scotia in 1750. In Australia, one of the earliest bearers was Samuel Hale, a convict from London, England who came aboard the Alomorah in 1817, living in New South Wales, which was then a penal colony. In New Zealand, a one William Henry Hale arrived in the city of Wellington in 1840.

Early Americans Bearing the Hale Family Crest
Charles Bolton’s American Armory (1927) contains four entry for this surname:
1) [Azure a chevron embattled and counterembattled or] Crest: a serpent proper entwined around 5 arrow shafts [or headed sable feathered argent] one in pale, 4 in saltire-wise. Motto: Vera sequor. Hale memorial bookplate, Keene, N. H., for George Silsbee Hale of Boston. J. W. Spenceley, sc., 1902. The seal of John Hale on will, 1701, (Suffolk Wills) has a crest: a bird rising from a coronet, and Nunquam non paratus.
2) Gules 3 arrows 2 and 1 [or] with shafts azure [headed argent]. Impaling: Argent a chevron sable  between three mullets sable. Crest: a mailed arm embow proper holding an arrow [argent] by a ribbon around the wrist [gules]. Bookplate John C. Hale.
3) Gules three arrows in fess, points down Crest: a mailed arm embowed proper holding an arrow. Bookplate Robert Hale of Beverly, Mass., cir. 1752. In the siege of Louisburg. N. Hurd, sc. Wm. John Hale quartered the above with: Argent in a pale gules a fish’s head (?).
4) [Gules?] three arrows points down [or? feathered and barbed argent?] Crest: an armed [arm embowed, holding an arrow. Motto: Cum principibus Notepaper Samuel Hale, Dover, N. H., and Dr. Wm. Hale, Gloucester, Mass.

Crozier’s General Armory (1904) contains three entries for this name:
1) Ensign Robert Hale, Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1630, from Kent, England. Gules, three broad arrows or, feathered and barbed argent. Crest: A dexter arm embowed at the elbow, in armor proper garnished or, and bound about with a ribbon gules, holding an arrow.
2) Arthur Hale, Esquire, of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, who bore the same arms as Robert of Charlestown, MA
3) Edward Everett Hale Jr., Esquire, of Schenectady, New York, who bore the same arms as Robert of Charlestown, MA.

Matthew’s American Armoury and Bluebook (1907) does not contain an entry for this name:
1) Robert Hale of Charlestown, Massachusetts, 1630. Arms: Gules, three broad arrows reversed or, feathered and barbed argent. Crest: A dexter arm embowed in armour proper, garnished or, bound with a ribbon gules, holding an arrow.

I have identified four Hale family mottoes:
1) Turris fortis mihi Deus (God is my tower of strength)
2) Vera sequor (I follow the truth)
3) Cum principibus (With my chiefs)
4) Nunquam non paratus (Never unprepared)

We have 6 coats of arms for the Hale surname depicted here. These 6 blazons are from Bernard Burke’s book The General Armory of England, Ireland, and Scotland, which was published in 1848. The bottom of this page contains the blazons, and in many instances contains some historical, geographical, and genealogical about where coat of arms was found and who bore it. People with this last name that bore an Hale Coat of Arms (or mistakenly called the Hale Family Crest) include:
1)  Mathias Hale of Alderley, county Gloucester, England, Chief Baron of the Exchequer, 9 May 13, Charles II, 1661. Bysshe’s Grants.
2) Thomas Hale of Clifford’s Inn, gentleman, and to his brother Michael, 15 Setepmber 1668, by Sir. E. Walker, Gart.
3) Hales, confirmed Feb 1616 by Camden
4) James Halnes of Dongeon, Kent, son of Humphrey, son of Sir James, a Justice C.P, son of John, Baron of Exechequer, son of John, son of Henry, son of John, son og Thomas, of Hale Place, Haledon, Kent, and heir or Sir Robert Hales, Knight, lord of St. John of Jerusalem in England and lord Treasure of England, and also cousin to Sir Nicholas, 2 March 1570-71, by Cooke
5) John Hales of Newington, Kent, 16 November 1520, by Wriothesley and Benolte.

There are hundreds of notable people with the Hale surname. This page will mention a handful. Famous people with this last name include: 1) Alan Hale (1953-2016) who was a Republican member of the Montana Legislature from 2011-2013 who was born in McNary, Arizona,

Nathan Hale
Nathan Hale

2) Alan Hale Sr. (1892-1950), whose birth name was Rufus Edward Mackaahan, was an American film actor best known for his supporting roles with Errol Flynn, appearing as Little John in the Robin Hood film of 1922, having been born in Washington, DC, 3) Alan Hale (1958) who is an American astronomer born in Tachikawa, Japan who co-discovered Comet Hale-Bopp with along with Thomas Bobb, 4) Nathan Hale (1755-1776) who was an American hero who was a soldier and spy for the Continental Army during the American Revolutionary War of the late eighteenth century, having been born in Concentry, Connecticut, who was hanged by the British with the famous last words “I only regret, that I have but one life to lose for my country”, 5) Nathan Wesley Hale (1860-1941) who was an American politician and member of the US House of Representatives from 1905-1909, 6) Nathaniel Dwayne Hale (1969-2011), was an American rapper known as Nate Dogg, born in Clarksdale, Mississippi, a west coast hip hop pioneer who collaborates with many famous rappers such as Tupac, Eminem,, Dr. Dre, Warren G., Snoop Dog, 50 Cent ,Xzibit, and Ludacris, 7) Barbara Hale (1922-2017) who was an American film and TV actress best known for her role as a legal secretary on the long running television hit show Perry Mason, having been born in DeKalb, Illinois, 8) Artemas Hale (1783-1882) who was a member of the US House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1845-1849 who previously served in that state’s Senate and House of Representatives, born in the city of Winchenson in that state, 9) Eugene Hale (1836-1918) who was a Republican Senator from Maine from 1881-1911, and 10) Frederick Hale (1874-1963) who was a US Senator from Maine from 1917-1941, the son of Eugene.

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Blazons & Genealogy Notes

Battle of Poitiers
Sir Frank Van Hale fought at the Battle of Poitiers in 1356

1) (Sir Frank Van Hale, eighth son of Frederick de Halle, stated to have been a natural son of Albert, King of the Romans, was among the followers of the Earl of Derby into Gascony, 1344, and was elected a Knight of the Garter, 1359). Gu. a wyvern, wings elevated and crowned or, pendent from the neck an escutcheon of the field, thereon an eagle displ. with two heads ar. all within a border az. charged with six lioncels ramp. and as many fleurs-de-lis alternately of the second. Crest—On the battlements of a castle ar. a wyvern sa. wings addorsed guttee d’or, gorged with a ducal coronet, therefrom a chain reflexed over the back all gold, in the dexter claw a sword erect az.

2) (Somerton Hall; granted to Joseph Eaton Hale, Esq.). Ar. on a chev. engr. betw. three escutcheons az. each charged with a cinquefoil of the field three towers of the last. Crest—Upon a rock a tower ppr. surmounted by a sun in splendour or, and resting upon the battlements a scaling ladder in bend sa. Motto—Turris fortis mihi Deus.
3) (Alderley, co. Gloucester; of this family was the celebrated Sir Matthew Hale). Ar. a fesse sa. in chief three cinquefoils of the last. Crest—A heron’s head erased ar.
4) (King’s Walden, co. Hertford). Az. a chev. embattled and counter-embattled or. Crest—A serpent ppr. entwined round five arrow-shafts or, headed sa. feathered ar. one in pale, four saltirewise. Motto—Vera sequor.
5) Ar. on a pale fusily gu. a leopard’s head or.
6) (granted to the Venerable Archdeacon Hale). Per pale az. and gu. on a chev. betw. three arrows, points downward or, a cross pattee of the second, all within a bordure erm. Crest—An arm embowed, vested az. fretty ar. cuffed or, the hand ppr. grasping two arrows also ppr. Motto—Cum principibus.

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