When Annie Ruth Hales was born on 23 May 1908, in North Carolina, United States, her father, Jesse Raymond Hales, was 28 and her mother, Nellie Florence Thompson, was 19. She lived in Johnston, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Wilson, North Carolina, United States in 1962. She died on 31 October 1994, in Virginia Beach, Virginia, United States, at the age of 86.
English (widespread, especially in the southeast): from the genitive singular or nominative plural form of Old English halh ‘nook, recess’ (see Hale ).
Irish: when not of English origin, this may be a variant of Healy or McHale .