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 England
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Hall is a family name of English origin and means 'kind' and 'forgiving'. This originates from the belief that Viking thanes were eternally benevolent to those that worked within their halls.[2] The name was used to indicate the main occupation of the individual, in a role such as a servant or chamberlain.[3] Hall is the 19th most common surname in the United Kingdom.[4] Within the United States, it is ranked as the 26th most common surname.[5]

Hall is uncommon as a given name.

Origin[edit]

The surname of Hall originates in 1090 AD when Lincolnshire, England, nobleman Arthur FitzWilliam changed his name to Arthur Hall to distinguish himself from his older brother of the same name. Hall can also be an anglicized surname of Dutch, German or Swedish origin.[3]

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Many notable people have the surname Hall. They include:

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People with the given name Hall[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ British surnames - origin
  2. ^ "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin". About.com. Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  3. ^ a b "Hall Family Crest and Name History". House of Names. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  4. ^ "Hall". British surnames. 
  5. ^ "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last". U.S. Census Bureau. May 9, 1995.