Hallan History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The name Hallan is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when a family lived 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."

Early Origins of the Hallan family

The surname Hallan was first found in Yorkshire at Hallam or perhaps at Halling, a village on the North Downs in the northern part of Kent that dates back to the 8th century when it was first listed as Hallingas. [1] By the time of the Domesday Book of 1086, the place name was known as Hallinges, [2] and literally meant "settlement of the family of a man called Heall, " from the Old English personal name + "ingas." [1]

Important Dates for the Hallan family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hallan research. Another 91 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1250, 1417, 1403 and 1405 are included under the topic Early Hallan History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hallan Spelling Variations

Sound was what guided spelling in the essentially pre-literate Middle Ages, so one person's name was often recorded under several variations during a single lifetime. Also, before the advent of the printing press and the first dictionaries, the English language was not standardized. Therefore, spelling variations were common, even among the names of the most literate people. Known variations of the Hallan family name include Hallam, Halam, Hallum and others.

Early Notables of the Hallan family (pre 1700)

Another 37 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hallan Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Hallan family

For political, religious, and economic reasons, thousands of English families boarded ships for Ireland, the Canadas, the America colonies, and many of smaller tropical colonies in the hope of finding better lives abroad. Although the passage on the cramped, dank ships caused many to arrive in the New World diseased and starving, those families that survived the trip often went on to make valuable contributions to those new societies to which they arrived. Early immigrants bearing the Hallan surname or a spelling variation of the name include : James Hallam who settled in Maryland in 1741; William Hallam settled in Barbados in 1680 with his servants; Thomas and William Hallam settled in Newcastle co. Del. in 1855.

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Citations

  1. ^ Mills, A.D., Dictionary of English Place-Names. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-19-869156-4)
  2. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
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