Halling History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms 

The Anglo-Saxon name Halling comes from the family having resided 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 Halling family

The surname Halling 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 Halling family

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

Halling Spelling Variations

Halling has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hallam, Halam, Hallum and others.

Early Notables of the Halling family (pre 1700)

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

Halling migration to the United States

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hallings to arrive on North American shores:

Halling Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • James Halling, who landed in Virginia in 1662 [3]
  • Lars Halling, who arrived in Delaware in 1693 [3]

Contemporary Notables of the name Halling (post 1700)

  • Nick Halling, British sports broadcaster and journalist, best known as the boxing commentator for Sky Sports and presented American football for 15 years
  • Roy E. Halling (b. 1950), American mycologist who specializes in the study of mushroom-forming fungi, President of the Mycological Society of America in 2008-2009
  • Jonas Halling (b. 1989), Danish professional footballer
  • Luovi Halling (1867-1928), Swiss-born, United States Navy sailor and recipient the Medal of Honor for attempting to rescue a shipmate from drowning during a storm

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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)
  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)
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