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An excerpt from www.HouseOfNames.com archives copyright 2000 - 2016


The ancestors of the bearers of the Halas family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found as inhabitants in a house on a hill.

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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 Halas include Hillis, Hillas, Hillers, Hillhouse, Hillus, Hallis and many more.

First found in Buckinghamshire where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halas research. Another 301 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1173, 1442, and 1514 are included under the topic Early Halas History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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More information is included under the topic Early Halas Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Halas family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 137 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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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 Halas or a variant listed above: James Hillhouse settled in Connecticut in 1721; James Hillis settled in Philadelphia in 1820.

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The Halas Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halas 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.

This page was last modified on 17 August 2012 at 12:04.

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