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Origin: Scotland, Sweden
Meaning: "Someone who lived in or worked in a hall or manor house"
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Hall is a common surname of Scottish origin.[1][2] Hall means "kind" and "forgiving". This originates from the belief that Viking thanes were eternally benevolent to those that worked within their halls.[3] The name was used to indicate the main occupation of the individual, in a role such as a servant or chamberlain.[4] Hall is the 22nd most common surname in the United Kingdom.[5] Within the United States, it is ranked as the 26th most common surname.[6]

Hall is very uncommon as a given name, but can be found as a family surname of many people in English speaking countries around the world, especially in North America and Australia as their ancestors would have been descendants of the Celtic nations.

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  3. ^ "Genealogy: Name Meaning and Origin". Retrieved 2006-08-09. 
  4. ^ "Hall Family Crest and Name History". House of Names. Retrieved 2010-12-07. 
  5. ^ British Surnames, citing Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Accessed 23 August 2014
  6. ^ "Frequently Occurring First Names and Surnames From the 1990 Census, (Table) Name Files dist.all.last". U.S. Census Bureau. May 9, 1995. Archived from the original on July 19, 2006. 

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