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 but was prominent in the Scottish Borders
Footnotes: [1]

Hall is a family name of English origin but has Scottish Heritage [2][3] and 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]

Hall is uncommon as a given name.

Origin[edit]

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. Hall can also be an anglicized surname of Dutch, German or Swedish origin.[5]

Many nobles in the north of England were dissatisfied with their lot of Land they had been given after the Norman conquest of England in 1066 and they were also dissatisfied with William the Conqueror so they rebelled. Duke William then took an army northward and destroyed the northern counties. A lot of Norman nobles and members of the Hall family then fled north and were granted lands over the border by King Malcolm III of Scotland.[7][8]

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Notable people with the surname "Hall" include:

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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. ^ a b "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]
  7. ^ http://www.clanhallsociety.org/history.html
  8. ^ http://www.houseofnames.com/hall-family-crest