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This interesting surname has a number of possible origins. Firstly, it may be of English locational origin from one of the places thus called, for example in Cheshire, Somerset, and the East Riding of Yorkshire. The placenames are recorded respectively as "Hulle" in the "Inquisitiones Post Mortem" (1283), as "Hilla" in the Domesday Book of 1086, and as "Hul" in the Early Yorkshire Charters (1156). The derivation is from the Olde English pre 7th Century "hyll" meaning hill, it may also be a topographical name for a "dweller on or by a hill". The sound represented by the Olde English "y" developed in various ways in the different dialects of Middle English and in the west and central Midlands it became a "u", thus the spelling "hull" evolved...

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