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The ancestors of the bearers of the Halls family name are thought have lived in ancient Anglo-Saxon England. They were first found on a neck of land in Devon. A neck of land is a narrow piece of land between two rivers near where they flow into the ocean, or a narrow piece of land that connects an isthmus or peninsula to the mainland.

Halls Early Origins



The surname Halls was first found in Devon where they held a family seat from very ancient times, some say well before the Norman Conquest and the arrival of Duke William at Hastings in 1066 A.D.

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Halls Spelling Variations


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Halls Spelling Variations



Until quite recently, the English language has lacked a definite system of spelling rules. Consequently, Anglo-Saxon surnames are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. Changes in Anglo-Saxon names were influenced by the evolution of the English language, as it incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other languages. Although Medieval scribes and church officials recorded names as they sounded, so it is common to find one person referred to by several different spellings of his surname, even the most literate people varied the spelling of their own names. Variations of the name Halls include Halse, Hals, Halls and others.

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Halls Early History


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Halls Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Halls research. Another 268 words (19 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1320, 1423, 1530, 1600, and 1736 are included under the topic Early Halls History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Halls Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Halls Early Notables (pre 1700)



Notables of the family at this time include John Hals, who was appointed one of the Judges of the Common Pleas in 1423, and who built a mansion in Kenedon, Devon; and William Hals, the...

Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Halls Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Searching for a better life, many English families migrated to British colonies. Unfortunately, the majority of them traveled under extremely harsh conditions: overcrowding on the ships caused the majority of the immigrants to arrive diseased, famished, and destitute from the long journey across the ocean. For those families that arrived safely, modest prosperity was attainable, and many went on to make invaluable contributions to the development of the cultures of the new colonies. Research into the origins of individual families in North America revealed records of the immigration of a number of people bearing the name Halls or a variant listed above:

Halls Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Thomas Halls, who arrived in Virginia in 1652
  • Samuel Halls, who landed in Maryland in 1662
  • Margaret Halls, who landed in Maryland in 1672
  • John Halls, who arrived in Maryland in 1673

Halls Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Purbick Halls, who arrived in Virginia in 1717

Halls Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Oloff O Halls, who arrived in Wisconsin, Maryland in 1867

Halls Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Henry Halls, who landed in Arkansas in 1900

Halls Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • James Halls arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • Elizabeth Halls arrived in Holdfast Bay, Australia aboard the ship "Brightman" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm
  • George Halls arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Duke of Bedford" in 1848
  • William Halls arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Ascendant" in 1849
  • William Halls, aged 35, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Ascendant"
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
  • John Halls, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850
  • Ralph Clement Halls, aged 18, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1841850

Halls Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John Halls, aged 23, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Ralph Clement Halls, aged 18, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Phoebe Dunbar" in 1850
  • Joseph Halls, aged 21, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Schiehallion" in 1872
  • William H. Halls, aged 20, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875
  • Emily Halls, aged 20, arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name Halls (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Halls (post 1700)



  • Andrew Thomas "Andy" Halls (b. 1992), English footballer who has played since 2009
  • John Halls (b. 1982), former English footballer who played from 2000 to 2012
  • Evelyn Halls (b. 1972), Australian fencer at the 2000 and 2004 Summer Olympics
  • Jo Halls (b. 1973), Australian fencer at the 2000 and 2008 Summer Olympics

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Halls Historic Events


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Halls Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Wilfred C Halls (b. 1917), English Ordinary Signalman serving for the Royal Navy from Brightlingsea, Essex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. John William Halls, British Stoker 2ne Class, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

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Citations


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  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRIGHTMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Brightman.htm

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Hanks, Hodges, Mills and Room. The Oxford Names Companion. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2002. Print. (ISBN 0-19-860561-7).
  3. Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin . Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8).
  4. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  6. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  7. Shirley, Evelyn Philip. Noble and Gentle Men of England Or Notes Touching The Arms and Descendants of the Ancient Knightley and Gentle Houses of England Arranged in their Respective Counties 3rd Edition. Westminster: John Bowyer Nichols and Sons, 1866. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Bede, The Venerable. Historia Ecclesiatica Gentis Anglorum (The Ecclesiastical History Of the English People). Available through Internet Medieval Sourcebook the Fordham University Centre for Medieval Studies. Print.
  10. Burke, John Bernard Ed. The Roll of Battle Abbey. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
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The Halls Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Halls Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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