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This ancient surname generally considered to be Anglo-Scottish, has several possible sources. These are that it may be a topographical name for someone who lived at or near a large house called a Hall, or that it could be an occupational name for a person who was employed at such a place. In this case the derivation can be either from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "heall", or the Old German and later Anglo-Saxon "halla", or even the Old Norse-Viking "holl". All have the same meaning of a large house or building. However it can also be a locational surname from any of the places called Hall...


Hall (Variants: Halle, Halls, All, Alle) English locative name, occupational name for someone who lived or worked at a hall, occupational name for a servant employed at a hall, from Middle English hall(e) and Old English heall. Middle High German halle, Old Norse holl, all meaning ‘hall’ referring to ‘a spacious residence’, an occupational name. The English name has also been established in Ireland since the Middle Ages.

In some cases it may be a habitational name from places named with this word, which in some parts of Germany and Austria from the Middle Ages also denoted as salt mine in Austrian county of Tyrol.

The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warin de Hall, dated 1178 in the "Pipe Rolls" of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Henry II of England (1154 – 1189). Early example of the surname further north includes William de Hall, who held lands in Irvine, Scotland in 1426.

Another early bearer was John Hall, who was born in Kent in 1584 and emigrated to New England in 1632. He founded a notable American family, as his descendants included Stanley Hall, a pioneer in psychophysics and an early astronomer, Asaph Hall. Lyman Hall, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence in 1776 was also a descendant.

In 1881, the frequency of the surname in Kent was 2,190 with a top occurrence of 32 in the Queenborough district of Kent. In 1891, the general population was widespread across England and Wales with a frequency of 90,538 with a further 3,826 residing in Scotland.

The top reported jobs worked by Hall in the UK in 1881 were Coal Miner, Farmer and Agricultural Labourer. The most common Hall occupation in the UK was Coal Miner and a less common occupation was Labourer.


1881, 1891 Census

1881 Census in Kent

Dictionary of American Family Homes, P Hanks OUP 2003

Homes of Family Names in Great Britain, H.B. Guppy, London 1890

The Oxford Dictionary of Family Names in Britain and Ireland, P.Hanks, Coats, McClure OUP 2016

1860 Lower, Mark A Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom, London: J.R Smith. Public Domain

1857 Arthur, William An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names. New York: Sheldon, Blakeman. Public Domain


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Jennifer Roselius

Looking for Margaret Hall 1810 - 23 Feb 1873 and Thomas Hall b. 1810 Ireland - d. before 1860 Watertown, WI. Need Margaret's maiden name, her origins in Westmeath Ireland, any info on Thomas. She died in Watertown WI and is buried in St Bernards Cemetery there.I do not have a burial site for Thomas.They had 5 children all born in Ireland before immigrating to US: Fanny 1834, Thomas Jr 1838, Maria M 1840, Susana 1841, William 1846.

Telise Hall

My last name is Hall and I'm also Irish

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Hall name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says their origin is from the Emerald Island. The Hall story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup B4] can trace their origins to the Finn Valley in Donegal, Ireland from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Hall surname origin is from Clan Domnaill [DNA Tribe R1b-L513, Subgroup B1] and relations who remain in Ireland take the modern surname (O’)Donnelly, McDonald and Donohue in Ireland.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Domnaill name is also found in Brittany, France. It is a very old name which appears in the 5th century Roman inscriptions as Dumnovellaunos in Brittany meaning “Deep Valour” equivalent to Irish Domhnaill. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Hall story begins in pre-history Ireland then moves to Wales where the family can be traced back to their Welsh tribe Cydifor Fawr. An ancestor and many of his kin will then move to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit


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