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Re: French vs English SALE origin
Posted by: Barry Wood Date: February 17, 2002 at 16:54:41
In Reply to: Re: French vs English SALE origin by Jeff Williams of 1030

Much as we descendants of Virginia immigrant William Sale would like to be related to the brilliant Canadian skater, it seems very doubtful. The accent aigu (accute accent) on the final e in her name completely distinguishes it from anything to do with the word salle (meaning room), if indeed that is the source for the English surname Sale.

Incidentally, while I know that "salle" is given as the source for our Sale name in several secondary sources, I have yet to see any contemporary documentary evidence proving that the name really stems from the French word "salle" as opposed to the English word "sail." There must have been sailmakers on the English coast from at least the 12th century. If Sail / Sale / Sayle did not become their occupational surname, what did?

The French word sale (the two syllable name with the accent) means "salted" or "salt." By serendipity, it's most appropriate for her stardom at a skating venue in "Lac Sale" (Salt Lake).


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