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Where did the English Hallam family come from? What is the English Hallam family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hallam family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hallam family history?The ancestors of the bearers of the Hallam family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found in Hallam, a place name found in Yorkshire and Derbyshire. In Yorkshire, Hallam is found in the South Riding. Further research revealed that the name is derived from the Old Scandinavian word hallr, or from the Old English word hall, both of which meant "stony." The place name meant "the stony place, the place at the rocks." In Derbyshire there is a place called West Hallam and another called Kirk Hallam. These names are derived from the Old English word halh, which meant "remote nook of land." Kirk in the Old English meat "church;" the name as a whole would be "church in a remote place," while West Hallam was a "remote place in the west."
Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Hallam include Hallam, Halam, Hallum and others.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hallam research. Another 265 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1403, 1405, and 1417 are included under the topic Early Hallam History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 35 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hallam Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Hallam or a variant listed above:
Hallam Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century
Hallam Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
Hallam Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The Hallam Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hallam Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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