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Surname:  Hall
Branch:  Hall
Origins:  Irish
More Info:  Ireland

Background:  The name Hall in Ireland is usually of immigrant origin having been brought to the country by settlers who arrived from England, especially during the seventeenth century. The name means 'worker at the hall' and became well established in the Provinces of Ulster and Munster where the majority of descendants can still today be found.




Motto:  Dat cura quietem, Vigilance ensures tranquility.
Arms:  Az. a chev. ar. betw. three storks` heads erased at the neck or.
Crest:  A stork standing on a mount in a watching posture ppr.


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This ancient surname generally considered to be Anglo-Scottish, has several possible sources. These are that it may be a topographical name for someone who lived at or near a large house called a Hall, or that it could be an occupational name for a person who was employed at such a place. In this case the derivation can be either from the Olde English pre 7th Century word "heall", or the Old German and later Anglo-Saxon "halla", or even the Old Norse-Viking "holl". All have the same meaning of a large house or building. However it can also be a locational surname from any of the places called Hall. These include the villages of Hall in the counties of Lancashire, Carmarthenshire, and Roxburghshire. Early examples of the surname recording taken from surviving rolls and charters include: Nichol del Hall, given as being a "merchant of the duke of Albany" in the year 1400, and William de Hall, who held lands in Irvine, Scotland, in 1426. John Hall, who was born in Kent in 1584, emigrated to New England in 1632, and founded a notable American family. His descendants included Lyman Hall, a signatory of the Declaration of Independence in 1776, Asaph Hall an early astronomer, and Stanley Hall, a pioneer in psychophysics. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Warin de Halla. This was dated 1178, in the "Pipe Rolls" of the county of Essex, during the reign of King Henry 11nd of England, 1154 - 1189.

Name Variations:  Hall, Halle, Haule, Hal, De Aule.

References:
One or more of the following publications has been referenced for this article.
The General Armory; Sir Bernard Burke - 1842.
A Handbook of Mottoes; C.N. Elvin - 1860.
Irish Families, Their Names, Arms & Origins; Edward MacLysaght - 1957.
The Surnames of Ireland; Edward MacLynsaght - 1957.
Surname Database: http://www.surnamedb.com/Surname/Hall








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