Humanities › History & Culture HALL - Name Meaning & Origin Share Flipboard Email Print History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated March 17, 2019 The Hall surname has several possible derivations, including geographic, descriptive, and occupational: A place name derived from various words for "hall" or "spacious house," usually used to signify someone who lived in or worked in a large hall or manor house. From the Middle English hall, Old English heall, Middle High German halle and Old Norse holl.From the Norse hale and Anglo-Saxon haele, meaning "hero."Possibly an old Norse word for "boulder, slope," thus meaning someone who lived on a slope.Possibly from the Norwegian hallr, meaning "flint." Hall is the 30th most popular surname in the United States and the 20th most common in England. Surname Origin: English, Scottish, Irish, German, Scandinavian Alternate Surname Spellings: HALLE, HAALL, HAUL, HAULL, HAWL, HOLL Famous People With the Last Name HALL Lloyd Augustus Hall - Chemist and inventorDonald Hall - poetCharles Martin Hall - inventor of the aluminum manufacturing processJoyce Hall - founder of Hallmark CardsG. Stanley Hall - American psychologist; established the concept of child psychology and founded Clark University.Arsenio Hall - American actor, comedian, and first black late-night talk show host Genealogy Resources for the HALL Surname 100 Most Common U.S. Surnames & Their MeaningsSmith, Johnson, Williams, Jones, Brown... Are you one of the millions of Americans sporting one of these top 100 common last names from the 2000 census? Common English Surnames & Their MeaningsExplore the meanings and origins of the 100 most common English surnames. The Hall DNA ProjectOver 170 Hall descendants have donated their DNA toward the goal of learning more about Hall ancestors worldwide. The Hall Genealogy WebsiteThis site collects genealogy information related to HALL descendants worldwide, although the major focus is on Halls from the island of Great Britain. FamilySearch - HALL GenealogyFind records, queries, and lineage-linked family trees posted for the Hall surname and its variations. HALL Surname & Family Mailing ListsRootsWeb hosts several free mailing lists for researchers of the Hall surname. DistantCousin.com - HALL Genealogy & Family HistoryFree databases and genealogy links for the last name Hall. References: Surname Meanings & Origins Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.