Vail name meaning

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in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Vail

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  1. A submission from Nevada, U.S. says the name Vail means "The point between life and death".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun and verb Vail
Same as Veil.
noun Vail
  1. Avails; profit; return; proceeds.(Obs)"My house is as 'twere the cave where the young outlaw hoards the stolen vails of his occupation." [Chapman.]
  2. An unexpected gain or acquisition; a casual advantage or benefit; a windfall.(Obs)
  3. Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; -- usually in the plural. Alt. spell.: vale

Etymology: Aphetic form of avail (n.)

verb Vail
  1. To let fall; to allow or cause to sink.(Obs)" Vail your regard Upon a wronged, I would fain have said, a maid!" [Shak.]
  2. To lower, or take off, in token of inferiority, reverence, submission, or the like."France must vail her lofty-plumed crest!" [Shak.]"Without vailing his bonnet or testifying any reverence for the alleged sanctity of the relic." [Sir. W. Scott.]

Etymology: Aphetic form of avale. See Avale Vale

verb Vail
To yield or recede; to give place; to show respect by yielding, uncovering, or the like.
noun Vail
Submission; decline; descent.

From Old French vail, from valoir (“to be worth”), from Latin valeō (“I am worth”).

  1. (obsolete) profit; return; proceeds.
  2. (chiefly in the plural, obsolete) Money given to servants by visitors; a gratuity; also vale.

Aphetic form of avale

  1. (obsolete) submission

    Notable Persons Named Vail

    Notable Persons Named Vail

    Vail Bloom

    Vail Bloom is an actress" and actor. She was most active from 2006 to present. Vail was born on November 13th, 1984 in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

    Vail M. Pittman

    Vail M. Pittman was a Governor of Nevada and Lieutenant Governor of Nevada. Vail was born on September 17th, 1883 in Vicksburg, Mississippi. He passed away on January 29th, 1964.

    Vail Montgomery Delony

    Vail Montgomery Delony was a Louisiana State Representative for East Carroll Parish, Speaker of the Louisiana House of Representatives, and Louisiana State Legislature. Vail was born on January 5th, 1901 in Lake Providence, Louisiana. He breathed his last breath on November 18th, 1967.

    Vail Miller

    Vail Miller is an athlete for the Oxford University Women's Association Football Club.


    Notable Persons With the Last Name Vail

    Notable Persons With the Last Name Vail

    Tobi Vail

    Tobi Vail is a musician. She plays Drum kit, Guitar, and Vocals. Her most notable accomplishments were from 80 to 80. Tobi was given the name Tobi Celeste Vail on July 20th, 1969 in Auburn, Washington.

    Alfred Vail

    Alfred Vail was an engineer. Alfred was born on September 25th, 1807 in Morristown, New Jersey. He left this life on January 18th, 1859.

    Theresa Vail

    She holds the title America's Choice" and Top 10, Miss America 2014, Miss Kansas 2013, Miss Leavenworth County 2013, and Miss Kansas2013. Theresa was given the name Theresa Marie Vail on October 1st, 1990 in Manhattan, Kansas.

    Theodore Newton Vail

    He holds the title President. Theodore was born on July 16th, 1845 in Minerva, Ohio. He passed away on April 16th, 1920.

    Justina Vail Evans

    Justina Vail Evans is an actor, coaching, actress, and life coach. Justina was given the name Justina Vail on August 20th, 1963 in Kuala Lumpur. Justina is also known as Vail Evans and Justina.

    William Vail

    William Vail is a set decorator and actor. William was born on November 30th, 1950 in San Antonio.

    • Eric Vail
      Hockey Player
    • Myrtle Vail
    • Anna Murray Vail
    • William Berrian Vail
      Member of the Nova Scotia House of Assembly for Digby County
    • Lester Vail
    • Thomas Hubbard Vail

    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Vail U.S.
      White 86.42% 64.26%
      African American 4.94% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.02% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.44% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 5.22% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Vail

    People with the last name Vail are most frequently White

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    Fun Facts about the name Vail

  1. How Popular is the name Vail? Vail is the 20,031st most popular name of all time. As a last name Vail was the 3,385th most popular name in 2010.
  2. How many people with the first name Vail have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 371 babies born with the first name Vail in the United States. That's more than enough people named Vail to occupy the territory of Pitcairn Islands (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 66 (as of July 1, 2008).
  3. What year were 5 or more babies first named Vail? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1915 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  4. When was Vail first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Vail is Saturday, September 17th, 1881.
  5. What year had the most people named Vail born? The highest recorded use of the first name Vail was in 2018 with a total of 53 babies.
  6. Random Vail Factoid: According to the 2017 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Vail is not a popular baby girl's name in California. Imagine that, only 6 babies in California have the same name in 2017.
  7. Weird things about the name Vail: The name spelled backwards is Liav. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ivla. How do you pronounce that?
  8. How many people have the last name Vail? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 10,554 people with the last name Vail.
  9. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Vail? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 4 of them will have Vail as their last name.
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