Meaning and Origin of: Yale
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First name origins & meanings:
- English : Fertile moor
- German, Old English : One who pays or produces; corner of land
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Last name origin & meaning:
- 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.