Hall (surname)

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Hall
Family name
Meaning "Someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house"
Region of origin England and Scotland
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Hall is a common surname of English origin.[2][3] Hall means "kind" and "forgiving". This originates from the belief that Vikings 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]

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.[citation needed]

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  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. Archived from the original on October 12, 2010.