Hall History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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.

Early Origins of the Hall family

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.

In Scotland, the name in Latin was de Aula and accordingly, the first record here was "Waldeu de Aula who witnessed a charter by Walter de Veteri Ponte a. 1200." [1] Over one hundred years later the English version of the name was in use as "John of the Hall was one of an inquest made at Berwick, 1302 and c. 1311 Thomas dictus del Halle witnessed resignation by Adam de Dowane of his land of Grenryg in the barony of Lesmahagow ." [1]

During this period, Latin and English for records was in use as about the same time as the last entries, we found "in 1325 mention is made of Thomas dictus de Aula, and Andreas de Aula held land in Aynstrother c. 1330. The first Hall of Fulbar in Renfrewshire was Thomas de Aula, surgeon, who for his faithful service obtained from Robert II a grant of land in the tenement of Staneley, barony of Renffrow, 1370." [1]

Early History of the Hall family

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

Hall Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Hall family (pre 1700)

Notable among the family at this time was John Hall, known as "Mad Jack Hall" and "Crazy Jack Hall" (1672-1716), a Scottish Jacobite leader, property owner and a Justice of Peace in Northumberland, a major figure during the First Scottish Uprising in the Jacobite Rebellion of 1715, he was beheaded for high treason on 13 July 1716; and Lyman Hall of Georgia, one of the signers of the American Declaration of Independence. In England, Joseph Hall (1574-1656), was an English bishop, satirist and moralist; George Hall (c.1613-1668), an English Bishop of Chester (1662-1668)...
Another 91 words (6 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hall Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Hall family to Ireland

Some of the Hall family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 76 words (5 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.


United States Hall migration to the United States +

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 [2]
  • Hugh Hall, who landed in Virginia in 1623 [2]
  • Christopher Hall who settled in Virginia in 1623
  • Edward Hall, who settled in Cambridge, Massachusetts in 1630
  • Edw Hall, who arrived in Virginia in 1635 [2]
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Hall Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Anthony Hall, who arrived in Virg,inia in 1701 [2]
  • Edward Hall, who landed in Virginia in 1705 [2]
  • Egram Hall, who arrived in Philadelphia in 1730
  • David Hall, who landed in America in 1743 [2]
  • Clement Hall, who landed in North Carolina in 1744 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hall Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Adam Hall, who landed in America in 1801 [2]
  • Aric Hall, whose Oath of Allegiance was recorded in Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Aric Hall, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1803 [2]
  • Alexander Hall, who landed in Connecticut in 1811 [2]
  • Hobert Hall, who arrived in New York, NY in 1811 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Hall Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Frederick Hall, who landed in Mobile, Ala in 1903 [2]
  • Charley Fredrick Hall, who landed in Wisconsin in 1912 [2]

Canada Hall migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

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

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 [4]
  • Catherine Hall, British convict from Britain, who was transported aboard the "Alexander" on November 4, 1815, settling in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • John Hall, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [6]
  • William Hall, English convict from Nottingham, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [7]
  • George Hall, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Albion" on May 17, 1823, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia [8]
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New Zealand Hall 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:

Hall Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • William Hall, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Henry Hall, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hall, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • John Hall, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1840
  • Joseph Hall, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hall (post 1700) +

  • Lyman Hall (1724-1790), American physician, clergyman, and statesman, signer of the United States Declaration of Independence, Governor of Georgia (1783-1784)
  • Ralph Moody Hall (1923-2019), American politician, Chair of the House Science Committee (2011-2013)
  • Donald Andrew Hall Jr. (1928-2018), American poet, writer, editor and literary critic, awarded the Robert Frost Medal (1991), U.S. Poet Laureate (2006)
  • Harvey L. Hall (1941-2018), American businessman and politician, 25th Mayor of Bakersfield, California (2001-2017)
  • Roe Erister "Rick" Hall (1932-2018), American record producer, songwriter, music publisher, and musician best known as the owner of FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama, winner of the Grammy Trustees Award in 2014
  • Jeffrey C. Hall (b. 1945), American geneticist and chronobiologist, co-awarded the Nobel Prize in Physiology or Medicine (2017)
  • Monty Hall OC OM (1924-2017), born Monte Halparin, Canadian-born, American game show host and producer, best known as the host of the popular game show "Let's Make a Deal"
  • Claude Hall (d. 2017), American journalist, writer and longtime radio-TV editor of Billboard
  • David Hall (1930-2016), American Democratic politician, 20th Governor of Oklahoma (1971-1975)
  • Barney Hall (1932-2016), American sports commentator for Motor Racing Network
  • ... (Another 41 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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 [9]
Halifax Explosion
  • Mrs. Mary  Hall (1870-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [10]
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 and died in the sinking [11]
  • 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 and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Neville T Hall (b. 1916), English Signalman serving for the Royal Navy Volunteer Reserve from Brentford, Middlesex, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Thomas Hall (b. 1920), English Marine serving for the Royal Marine from Bolton, Lancashire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • Mr. Norman V Hall (b. 1918), English Stoker 1st Class serving for the Royal Navy from Wednesbury, Staffordshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [11]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. Gordon Ernest John Hall, British Engine Room Artificer 4th Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and died in the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Edward Hall, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
  • Mr. Douglas Henry Stuart Hall, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [12]
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Harry Hall, British Stoker 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Bernard Hall, British Ordinary Seaman, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Albert Hall, British Boy 1st Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Stanley Hall, British Boy, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Thomas Stanley Hall, British Marine, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [13]
  • ... (Another 5 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
HMS Royal Oak
  • Ronald Hall, British Electrical Artificer 4th Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • John Hall, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • Clarence J. Hall, British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he survived the sinking [14]
  • William Roy Hall (1922-1939), British Boy 1st Class with the Royal Navy aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • Kenneth Edwin Hall (1920-1939), British Marine with the Royal Marine aboard the HMS Royal Oak when she was torpedoed by U-47 and sunk; he died in the sinking [14]
  • ... (Another 2 entries are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
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 [15]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Edwin Hall, English Assistant Engineers' Mess Steward from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [16]
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 [17]
  • Mr. Joseph Hall (d. 1912), aged 32, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking [17]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. John Rudolph Hall, American Chief Boatswain's Mate Permanent from Arkansas, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [18]


Suggested Readings for the name Hall +

  • 25 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.

  1. ^ Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ 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
  4. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Ann voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1809 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/ann/1809
  5. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Alexander voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1815 with 12 passengers. Retrieved from Alexander voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1815 with 12 passengers
  6. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  7. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  8. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Albion voyage to Van Diemen's Land, Australia in 1823 with 200 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/albion/1823
  9. ^ Commemoration Empress of Ireland 2014. (Retrieved 2014, June 16) . Retrieved from http://www.empress2014.ca/seclangen/listepsc1.html
  10. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  11. ^ 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
  12. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  13. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  14. ^ Ships hit by U-boats crew list HMS Royal Oak (08) - (Retrieved 2018 February, 9th) - retrieved from https://uboat.net/allies/merchants/crews/ship68.html
  15. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  16. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 10) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  17. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  18. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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