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Hall Name Meaning

English, Scottish, Irish, German, and Scandinavian: from Middle English hall (Old English heall), Middle High German halle, Old Norse holl 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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Hale, Ball, Wall, Fall, Hill, Halle, Hald, Hell, Halt, Gall

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Where is the Hall family from?

You can see how Hall families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hall family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hall families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 1,452 Hall families living in New York. This was about 18% of all the recorded Hall's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hall families in 1840.
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What did your Hall ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hall. 16% of Hall men worked as a Laborer and 7% of Hall women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hall were Truck Driver and Teacher.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    16%
  • Farmer
    15%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    7%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Teacher
    6%
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Census Records

There are 3 million census records available for the last name Hall. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hall census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 354,000 immigration records available for the last name Hall. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 600,000 military records available for the last name Hall. For the veterans among your Hall ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hall lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Hall life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hall in 1940 was 33, and 73 in 2004.

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