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Hallas Coat of Arms / Hallas Family Crest

Hallas Coat of Arms / Hallas Family Crest

The surname of HALLAS was a locational name 'the dweller in the halh or deep valley'. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. There is a place Hailes in Lothian, and a place Hailes in Gloucestershire, from where the original bearer may have taken his name. The name has many variant spellings which include Hailes, Hales, Hayles, Hallowes and Heales. Early records of the name mention William in le Halowe, 1276, County Lancashire. Simon del Halghe of Yorkshire, was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. Thomas Halowes was documented in Yorkshire in the year 1446. Many factors contributed to the establishment of a surname system. For generations after the Norman Conquest of 1066 a very few dynasts and magnates passed on hereditary surnames, but the main of the population, with a wide choice of first-names out of Celtic, Old English, Norman and Latin, avoided ambiguity without the need for a second name. As society became more stabilized, there was property to leave in wills, the towns and villages grew and the labels that had served to distinguish a handful of folk in a friendly village were not adequate for a teeming slum where perhaps most of the householders were engaged in the same monotonous trade, so not even their occupations could distinguish them, and some first names were gaining a tiresome popularity, especially Thomas after 1170. The hereditary principle in surnames gained currency first in the South, and the poorer folk were slower to apply it. By the 14th century however, most of the population had acquired a second name. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. (Hallowes). (Originally of Hallowes in Dronfield, subsequently of Dethic and of Glapwell, County Derby). Later instances of the name include Charles Hales and Elizabeth Fysshe who were married in London in 1575, and Isabella Hales, daughter of Henry Hales was baptised at St. James's, Clerkenwell, London in 1662. James Hailes wed Marie Donaldson at St. George's, Hanover Square, London in 1805.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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