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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Hall
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  1. A building or room of considerable size and stateliness, used for public purposes; as, Westminster Hall, in London.
    1. The chief room in a castle or manor house, and in early times the only public room, serving as the place of gathering for the lord's family with the retainers and servants, also for cooking and eating. It was often contrasted with the bower, which was the private or sleeping apartment.
      "Full sooty was her bower and eke her hall." [Chaucer.]
      Hence, as the entrance from outside was directly into the hall:
    2. A vestibule, entrance room, etc., in the more elaborated buildings of later times.
    3. Any corridor or passage in a building.
  2. A name given to many manor houses because the magistrate's court was held in the hall of his mansion; a chief mansion house.
  3. A college in an English university (at Oxford, an unendowed college).
  4. The apartment in which English university students dine in common; hence, the dinner itself; as, hall is at six o'clock.
  5. Cleared passageway in a crowd; -- formerly an exclamation.(Obs)"A hall! a hall!" [B. Jonson.]
    synonyms: Entry; court; passage. See Vestibule.

Etymology: OE. halle hal, AS. heal heall; akin to D. hal, OS. & OHG. halla, G. halle, Icel. höll, and prob. from a root meaning, to hide, conceal, cover. See Hell Helmet

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  1. A large entrance or reception room or area
  2. A college or university building containing living quarters for students
  3. A large building for meetings or entertainment
  4. A large room for gatherings or entertainment ("lecture hall" and "pool hall")
  5. A large building used by a college or university for teaching or research ("halls of learning")
  6. An interior passage or corridor onto which rooms open ("the elevators were at the end of the hall")
  7. The large room of a manor or castle
  8. A large and imposing house
  9. United States astronomer who discovered Phobos and Deimos (the two satellites of Mars) (1829-1907)
  10. United States explorer who led three expeditions to the Arctic (1821-1871)
  11. United States chemist who developed an economical method of producing aluminum from bauxite (1863-1914)
  12. United States child psychologist whose theories of child psychology strongly influenced educational psychology (1844-1924)
  13. English writer whose novel about a lesbian relationship was banned in Britain for many years (1883-1943)
Wiktionary
  1. A British and Scandinavian topographic surname​ for someone who lived in or near a hall.
  2. A surname​ of German origin for someone associated with a salt mine.
  3. An Anglo-Norman surname​.
  4. (Britain, rail transport) Hall class, a class of steam locomotives used on the GWR.

Hall was also found in the following language(s): German and Luxembourgish

Notable Persons Named Hall

Sir Hall Caine was a novels, biography, and religion technical drawing. Hall was born on May 14th, 1853 in Runcorn, Cheshire, England. He left this life on August 31st, 1931.

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Hall Bartlett was an actor, film director, film producer, and screenwriter. His ongoing career started in 1952. Hall was born Hall Bartlett on November 27th, 1922 in Kansas City, Missouri. He died on September 7th, 1993.

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Hall S. Lusk was a from Oregon, 60th Associate Justice of theOregon Supreme Court, United States Senator, fromOregon, and United States Senate. Hall was born on September 21st, 1883 in Washington, D.C. He passed away on May 15th, 1983.

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Hall J. Kelley was a writer. Hall was born on February 24th, 1790 in Northwood, New Hampshire. He breathed his last breath on January 17th, 1874.

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Hall was born on May 28th, 1923. He left this life on October 27th, 2010.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Hall

Diane Keaton is an actress, director, producer, and writer. She has been prominent since 1968. Diane was given the name Diane Hall on January 5th, 1946 in Los Angeles, California, U.S.

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Rebecca Hall is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 1992 to present. Rebecca was given the name Rebecca Maria Hall by her parents Peter Hall (director) and Maria Ewing on May 3rd, 1982 in London, England, UK.

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Michael C. Hall is an actor and executive producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 1999 to present. Michael was given the name Michael Carlyle Hall on February 1st, 1971 in Raleigh, North Carolina, U.S.

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Moby is an electronic dance music, electronica, trip hop, downtempo, ambient music, house music, techno, punk rock, and electronic rock musician. He plays vocals, Phonograph, Keyboard instrument, Synthesizer, Drum machine, Guitar, Bass guitar, and Drum kit. He was most prominent from 1978 to present. Moby was given the name Richard Melville Hall on September 11th, 1965 in Harlem.

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Anthony Michael Hall is an actor, producer, director, musician, and television producer. He has been prominent since 1980. Anthony was given the name Michael Anthony Thomas Charles Hall on April 14th, 1968 in West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.

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Jerry Hall is a model. Jerry was given the name Jerry Faye Hall on July 2nd, 1956 in Gonzales, Texas.

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How popular is the baby name Hall in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1881 6 0 6
1893 6 0 6
1895 6 0 6
1896 8 0 8
1898 5 0 5
1902 7 0 7
1905 6 0 6
1910 7 0 7
1912 11 0 11
1913 17 0 17
1914 16 0 16
1915 30 0 30
1916 20 0 20
1917 30 0 30
1918 33 0 33
1919 25 0 25
1920 16 0 16
1921 22 0 22
1922 15 0 15
1923 20 0 20
1924 30 0 30
1925 18 0 18
1926 11 0 11
1927 23 0 23
1928 12 0 12
1929 18 0 18
1930 12 0 12
1931 9 0 9
1932 15 0 15
1933 13 0 13
1934 12 0 12
1935 8 0 8
1936 18 0 18
1937 13 0 13
1938 5 0 5
1939 19 0 19
1940 18 0 18
1941 8 0 8
1942 11 0 11
1943 10 0 10
1944 11 0 11
1945 12 0 12
1946 7 0 7
1947 10 0 10
1948 12 0 12
1949 12 0 12
1950 6 0 6
1951 17 0 17
1953 8 0 8
1954 7 0 7
1956 14 0 14
1957 7 0 7
1958 5 0 5
1959 13 0 13
1961 5 0 5
1962 6 0 6
1963 8 0 8
1965 6 0 6
1967 8 0 8
1968 5 0 5
1970 5 0 5
1972 5 0 5
1981 5 0 5
1987 5 0 5
1994 5 0 5
1999 6 0 6
2001 6 0 6
2004 5 0 5
2007 7 0 7
2008 5 0 5
2016 5 0 5
2017 7 0 7

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Hall U.S.
  White 72.65% 64.26%
  African American 21.59% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.64% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.65% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.22% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.25% 16.26%

Of Last Name Hall

People with the last name Hall are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Hall

  • How Popular is the name Hall? Hall is the 11,843rd most popular name of all time. As a last name Hall was the 45th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Hall have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 834 babies born with the first name Hall in the United States. That's more than enough people named Hall to occupy the country of Vatican City with an estimated population of 800 (as of March 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Hall? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1881 when it was given as a first name to 6 new born babies.
  • When was Hall first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Hall is Monday, November 15th, 1869.
  • What year had the most people named Hall born? The highest recorded use of the first name Hall was in 1918 with a total of 33 babies.
  • Random Hall Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Hall is not a popular baby boy's name in North Carolina. Imagine that, only 7 babies in North Carolina have the same name as you in 1920.
  • Weird things about the name Hall: Your name in reverse order is Llah. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ahll. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Hall? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 407,076 people with the last name Hall.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Hall? Hall was ranked as the 45th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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