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What does the name Hall mean?

Hall is a surname with various supposed origins from throughout England, Scotland and Wales. It was most commonly assumed to have Anglo-Saxon roots, and spreading from there to other nations, but with numerous explanations as to coming into being. Most often the surname Hall is thought to derive from someone who lived or worked at some kind of hall or manor, as a location or occupation based name. Notably, one source of the Hall name is thought to be from Lincoln in 1090, where nobleman Arthur FitzWilliam decided to change his surname to Hall in order to separate his identity from his similarly named older brother. Another particular grouping of Halls were one of the sixty major families of the Marches of Scotland.

The earliest occurrence of the Hall surname in our family history documents is from 1440, and we currently have 5,227,704 records where Hall appears.

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