Hall (surname)

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This article is about the origin of the Hall surname. For other uses, see Hall (disambiguation).
Hall
Family name
Meaning "Someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house"
Region of origin Scotland,England and Ireland.
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Hall is a Celtic family name of Scottish origin. [2][3] Hall means "kind" and "forgiving". This originates from the belief that Viking thanes were eternally benevolent to those that worked within their halls.[4] The name was used to indicate the main occupation of the individual, in a role such as a servant or chamberlain.[5] Hall is the 22nd most common surname in the United Kingdom.[1] Within the United States, it is ranked as the 26th most common surname.[6]

The name Hall can be found as the surname of many people around the world especially in North America and Australia as their ancestors would have been descendants of the Celtic Nations. Hall is uncommon as a given name.

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In England the surname of Hall originates in 1090 AD when Lincolnshire nobleman Arthur FitzWilliam changed his name to Arthur Hall to distinguish himself from his older brother of the same name.



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People with the given name Hall[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b British Surnames, citing Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Accessed 23 August 2014
  2. ^ http://www.houseofnames.com/hall-family-crest
  3. ^ http://www.ancestry.com.au/name-origin?surname=hall
  4. ^ "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin". About.com. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  5. ^ "Hall Family Crest and Name History". House of Names. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  6. ^ "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last". U.S. Census Bureau. May 9, 1995. [dead link]