The English and Scottish surname Hall, also found in Ireland, has a number of distinct origins. It may be an occupational name referring to someone who worked in or near a Hall. The name may also be of topographical origin, meaning someone who lived close to a notable Hall in medieval times. Examples of the surname in early medieval records include: Nichol del Hall, given as being a "merchant of the duke of Albany" in the year 1400, and William de Hall, who held lands in Irvine, Scotland, in 1426. John Hall, who was born in Kent in 1584, emigrated to New England in 1632, and founded a notable American family. Hall is ranked number 22 in the most common surnames in Great Britain and in the United States Hall is the 26th most common name.
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