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Hall Last Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Irish, German, and Scandinavian: from Middle English hall (Old English heall), Middle High German halle, Old Norse hōll all meaning ‘hall’ (a spacious residence), hence a topographic name for someone who lived in or near a hall or an occupational name for a servant employed at a hall. In some cases it may be a habitational name from places named with this word, which in some parts of Germany and Austria in the Middle Ages also denoted a salt mine. The English name has been established in Ireland since the Middle Ages, and, according to MacLysaght, has become numerous in Ulster since the 17th century. FOREBEARS: Hall is one of the commonest and most widely distributed of English surnames, bearing witness to the importance of the hall as a feature of the medieval village. John Hall, an Englishman born in Kent in 1584 who emigrated to New England in 1632, founded a notable American family, whose members have included Lyman Hall (1724-90), politician and one of the signers of the Declaration of Independence; Asaph Hall (1829-1907), astronomer, who discovered the two satellites of Mars; and Stanley Hall (1844-1924), pioneer in psychophysics. Another John Hall emigrated to America in about 1652, settling in MA. His descendants include Charles M. Hall (1863-1914), who invented a process for the mass production of aluminum. A certain David Hall, born in Edinburgh around 1714, became a partner of Benjamin Franklin's in the printing business.

From: The Oxford Names Companion, Oxford University Press

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