Halls History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The first bearers of the distinguished surname Halls came to England in the great wave of migration that followed the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name is occupational in origin, stemming from the primary activity of the bearer. It is derived from the Old French term "halle," which referred to a large manor house, and indicates that the original bearer of the name worked at the manor of the local Lord in some role such as a servant or chamberlain. Many of the Norman noblemen who came to England with William the Conqueror soon grew dissatisfied with William's rule; as such, members of the Halls family accepted land grants from King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland, and became prominent in that country.

Early Origins of the Halls family

The surname Halls was first found in Lincolnshire, England, where the family was granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Halls family is directly descended from Earl Fitzwilliam, who held a family seat at Greatford Hall in Lincolnshire, after the Norman Conquest. The younger son of this noble house, Arthur FitzWilliam, came to be known as "Hall" so as to distinguish him from his senior brother. Hence, Arthur Hall was the first known bearer of the name, appearing on record about the year 1090.

Important Dates for the Halls family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halls research. Another 232 words (17 lines of text) covering the years 1340, 1600, 1574, 1656, 1613, 1668, 1662, 1668, 1610, 1665, 1669, 1654, 1656, 1619, 1667, 1654, 1660, 1637, 1690, 1688, 1690, 1620, 1687, 1627, 1656, 1646, 1672, 1716, 1715, 1716 and are included under the topic Early Halls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Halls Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hall, Halle, Haule, Haul, Hal, De Aule and others.

Early Notables of the Halls family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was Joseph Hall (1574-1656), an English bishop, satirist and moralist; George Hall (c.1613-1668), an English Bishop of Chester (1662-1668); Thomas Hall (1610-1665), an English clergyman and ejected minister; Charles Hall (died 1669), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons in 1654 and 1656; Thomas Hall (1619-1667), an English politician who sat in the House of Commons between 1654 and 1660; Timothy Hall (c.1637-1690), English clergyman, Bishop of Oxford (1688-1690); Edmund Hall (c.1620-1687), an English clergyman, an opponent of Oliver Cromwell...
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Migration of the Halls family to Ireland

Some of the Halls family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Halls migration to the United States

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Halls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • Thomas Halls, who arrived in Virginia in 1652 [1]
  • Samuel Halls, who landed in Maryland in 1662 [1]
  • Margaret Halls, who landed in Maryland in 1672 [1]
  • John Halls, who arrived in Maryland in 1673 [1]
Halls Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Purbick Halls, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [1]
Halls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Oloff O Halls, who arrived in Wisconsin, Maryland in 1867 [1]
Halls Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Henry Halls, who landed in Arkansas in 1900 [1]

Halls migration to Australia

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Halls Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. John Halls, (b. 1803), aged 30 born in St. Agnes, Cornwall, UK convicted in Bodmin on 2nd July 1833, sentenced for life for stealing a cart and cow, transported aboard the ship "Moffatt" in 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
  • Mr. John Halls (b. 1803), aged 30, Cornish settler convicted in Cornwall, UK on 2nd July 1833, sentenced for life for stealing a cart, a pair of shafts, an axle tree, and cartwheels from John Tremain, transported aboard the ship "Moffatt" on 4th January 1834 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [3]
  • James Halls, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [4]
  • Elizabeth Halls, who arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [4]
  • Mr. John Halls, (b. 1821), aged 22 born in Cornwall, UK, Cornwall, UK convicted in Cornwall in March 1843, sentenced for life for break and enter, transported aboard the ship "Maitland" in 1843 to Van Diemen's Land, Tasmania, Australia [2]
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Halls migration to New Zealand

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

  • John Halls, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
  • Ralph Clement Halls, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" between 1841 and 1850
Halls Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • John Halls, aged 23, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Ralph Clement Halls, aged 18, who arrived in Nelson, New Zealand aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Joseph Halls, aged 21, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • William H. Halls, aged 20, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Emily Halls, aged 20, who arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

Contemporary Notables of the name Halls (post 1700)

  • Evelyn Halls (b. 1972), Australian fencer at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Jo Halls (b. 1973), Australian fencer at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics
  • Andrew Thomas "Andy" Halls (b. 1992), English footballer who has played since 2009
  • John Halls (b. 1982), former English footballer who played from 2000 to 2012

Historic Events for the Halls family

HMS Hood
  • Mr. Wilfred C Halls (b. 1917), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Brightlingsea, Essex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [5]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. John William Halls, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [6]

Citations

  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  2. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/tasmanian_convicts_cornish.pdf
  3. ^ Cornwall Online Parish Clerks. (Retrieved 30th May 2018). Retrieved from http://www.opc-cornwall.org/Resc/pdfs/emigration_australia_convicts.pdf
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  5. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  6. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
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