from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- Hale, Edward Everett 1822-1909. American Unitarian cleric and writer whose more than 150 literary works include the story "The Man Without a Country” (1863). His sister Lucretia Peabody Hale (1820-1900) wrote two noted children's books, The Peterkin Papers (1880) and The Last of the Peterkins (1886).
- Hale, George Ellery 1868-1938. American astrophysicist who invented the spectroheliograph (1891) and directed the Mount Wilson Observatory (1904-1923).
- Hale, Nathan 1755-1776. American Revolutionary soldier hanged by the British as a spy. According to tradition, his last words were "I only regret that I have but one life to lose for my country.”
- Hale, Sarah Josepha Buell 1788-1879. American writer and editor of Godey's Lady's Book (1837-1877), the most popular American women's magazine of its time. Her own works include the poem "Mary Had a Little Lamb” (1830).
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- proper n. A topographic surname.
Old English dative form of halh ("hollow, nook") (Wiktionary)