First name origins & meanings:
- English: Fertile moor
- German, Old English: One who pays or produces; corner of land
First name variations: Yaile, Yayle, Yael
Last name origins & meanings:
- Welsh: habitational name for someone who lived in the commote of
Iâl (near Wrexham in northeastern Wales), named with Welsh
iâl ‘fertile or arable upland’.
- Yale University in New Haven, CT, takes its name from an early
benefactor, Elihu Yale (1649–1721), a merchant of Welsh ancestry. He
was born in Boston into a family that originated in Wrexham, Wales;
his father, David Yale, had settled in NH in 1637.
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