Hallen History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

Of all the Anglo-Saxon names to come from Britain, Hallen is one of the most ancient. The name is a result of the original family having 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 Hallen family

The surname Hallen 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 Hallen family

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

Hallen Spelling Variations

The first dictionaries that appeared in the last few hundred years did much to standardize the English language. Before that time, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. The language was changing, incorporating pieces of other languages, and the spelling of names changed with it. Hallen has been spelled many different ways, including Hallam, Halam, Hallum and others.

Early Notables of the Hallen family (pre 1700)

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

Hallen migration to the United States

Thousands of English families in this era began to emigrate the New World in search of land and freedom from religious and political persecution. Although the passage was expensive and the ships were dark, crowded, and unsafe, those who made the voyage safely were rewarded with opportunities unavailable to them in their homeland. Research into passenger and immigration lists has revealed some of the very first Hallens to arrive in North America:

Hallen Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Hallen, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1863 [3]
  • Gottlieb Hallen, who arrived in New York, NY in 1880 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hallen (post 1700)

  • Robert Joseph Hallen (b. 1975), former American NFL football player
  • Arvid Hallén (b. 1950), Norwegian sociologist, Director-General of the Research Council of Norway (2004-)
  • Johan Andreas Hallén (1846-1925), Swedish composer, conductor and music teacher
  • Yngve Hallèn (b. 1968), Norwegian current president of the Norwegian Football Association
  • Frederick Hallen (1859-1920), Canadian-born vaudeville entertainer
  • Sir Gerald Hallen Creasy KCMG, OBE (1897-1983), British colonial administrator, Governor of the Gold Coast and Malta
  • Hallen M. Bell, American politician, Farmer-Labor Candidate for U.S. Representative from Michigan 6th District, 1922; Socialist Candidate for Secretary of State of Michigan, 1930 [4]

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  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)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 9) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
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