Meaning and Origin of Yale - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Yale

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • English : Fertile moor

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • German, Old English : One who pays or produces; corner of land

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Family 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.