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The first bearers of the distinguished surname Hall 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 Hall family accepted land grants from King Malcolm Canmore of Scotland, and became prominent in that country.

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The surname Hall was first found in Lincolnshire, England, where the family was granted lands after the Norman Conquest in 1066. The Hall 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.

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


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hall research. Another 465 words (33 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 Hall History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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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...

Another 129 words (9 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the Hall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 139 words (10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hall Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Georg Hall, who landed in Virginia in 1620
  • Hugh Hall, who landed in Virginia in 1623
  • Christopher Hall who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Hall settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edw Hall, who arrived in Virginia in 1635
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Hall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Anthony Hall, who arrived in Virg,inia in 1701
  • Edward Hall, who landed in Virginia in 1705
  • Egram Hall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • David Hall, who landed in America in 1743
  • Clement Hall, who landed in North Carolina in 1744
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Hall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Adam Hall, who landed in America in 1801
  • Aric Hall, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Aric Hall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Alexander Hall, who landed in Connecticut in 1811
  • Hobert Hall, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811
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Hall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Frederick Hall, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1903
  • Charley Fredrick Hall, who landed in Wisconsin in 1912

Hall Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Conrad Hall, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749-1752
  • Abner Hall, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Barnabas Hall, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1760
  • Christian Henr. Hall, one of the Hessian troops in the American War for Independence who settled in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1781
  • Mr. Richard Hall U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway [Shelburne], Nova Scotia on October 26, 1783 was passenger number 268 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on September 28, 1783 at Staten Island, New York [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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Hall Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Robert Hall, aged 26, a farmer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Mary Hall, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Robert Hall, aged 3, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • James Hall, aged 25, a merchant, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John" from Liverpool, England
  • Mary Hall, aged 25, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the barque "Frederick" from Liverpool, England
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Hall Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • George Hall, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Ann" on August 1809, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • Catherine Hall, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • John Hall, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • William Hall, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia
  • George Hall, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
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Hall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Hall landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Hall landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hall landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hall landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Hall landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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  • David Hall (1930-2016), American Democratic politician, 20th Governor of Oklahoma (1971-1975)
  • Barney Hall (1932-2016), American sports commentator for Motor Racing Network
  • David Hall (1875-1972), American Olympian who won bronze for 800m run at the 1900 Summer Games
  • James Stanley "Jim" Hall (1930-2013), American jazz guitarist, composer and arranger
  • Lieutenant-General William Evans Hall (1907-1984), American Commanding General Continental Air Command (1957-1961)
  • Brigadier-General Gene William Hall (1891-1951), American Executive Officer Caribbean Engineer Division (1942-1944)
  • Lieutenant-General Charles Philip Hall (1886-1953), American Director of Organisation & Training Division, Department of the Army (1947-1948)
  • Sergeant Thomas Lee Hall (1893-1918), American Army soldier awarded the Medal of Honor
  • Michael Carlyle Hall (b. 1971), American actor and winner of a Golden Globe award for his role in the television series "Dexter"
  • John Lewis Hall (b. 1934), American physicist awarded the 2005 Nobel Prize in Physics
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Hall Historic Events



Empress of Ireland

  • Mr. Henry Hall, Canadian Third Class Passenger from Toronto, Ontario, Canada who was traveling aboard the Empress of Ireland and died in the sinking on May 29th 1914

Halifax Explosion

  • Mrs. Mary  Hall (1870-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMS Hood

  • Mr. George W Hall (b. 1918), Australian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve from Lower Mitcham, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. David G Hall (b. 1917), Australian Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Australian Navy Volunteer Reserve from Henley Beach, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Neville T Hall (b. 1916), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Brentford, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Hall (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Bolton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
  • Mr. Norman V Hall (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
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HMS Prince of Wales

  • Mr. Gordon Ernest John Hall, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Edward Hall, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Douglas Henry Stuart Hall, British Marine, who sailed in to battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Harry Hall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Bernard Hall, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Albert Hall, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died during the sinking
  • Mr. Stanley Hall, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
  • Mr. Thomas Stanley Hall, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking
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Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Nicola Jane Hall (1965-1988), South African Passenger from Sandton, South Africa, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Edwin Hall, English Assistant Engineers' Mess Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. F.A.J. Hall (d. 1912), aged 38, English Scullion from London, England who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Hall (d. 1912), aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • An Alabama Newspaper Tradition: Grover C. Hall and the Hall Family by Daniel Webster Hollis.
  • A Givens-Hall Family History from Pre-Revolutionary Times to 1970; Including Many Related Families Such as Alexander, Bowman, Black, Chapman, French, Green, Johnston, Phlegar, Ross, Snidow, Stafford, Welker and Others by Dorothy Hall Givens.
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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

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  2. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  3. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Scotch Irish Pioneers In Ulster and America. Montana: Kessinger Publishing. Print.
  5. Innes, Thomas and Learney. Scots Heraldry A Practical Handbook on the Historical Principles and Mordern Application of the Art and Science. London: Oliver and Boyd, 1934. Print.
  6. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  7. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and Don Pottinger. Clan Map Scotland of Old. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1983. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
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