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Hallatt Coat of Arms / Hallatt Family Crest

Hallatt Coat of Arms / Hallatt Family Crest

The surname of HALLATT was a locational name 'the dweller at the hall, the head of the hall or manor'. Local names denoted where a man held land and where he actually lived. In the middle ages it was customary for a man to be named after the village he had come from, or where he owned land. This name identified his whole family, and followed him wherever he moved. Early records of the name mention HALLETT (without surname) who was recorded in County Yorkshire in the year 1273. Edward Hallet was listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. A later instance of the name mentions Nathanial, son of Nathaniel Hallet. who was baptised at St. Michael, Cornhill, London in the year 1691. At first the coat of arms was a practical matter which served a function on the battlefield and in tournaments. With his helmet covering his face, and armour encasing the knight from head to foot, the only means of identification for his followers, was the insignia painted on his shield, and embroidered on his surcoat, the draped and flowing garment worn over the armour. Most of the European surnames were formed in the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries. The process had started somewhat earlier and had continued in some places into the 19th century, but the norm is that in the tenth and eleventh centuries people did not have surnames, whereas by the fifteenth century most of the population had acquired a second name. This surname is one of the commonest and most widely distributed of English surnames bearing witness to the importance of the hall as a feature of the medieval village. Local surnames, by far the largest group, derived from a place name where the man held land or from the place from which he had come, or where he actually lived. These local surnames were originally preceded by a preposition such as "de", "atte", "by" or "in". The names may derive from a manor held, from working in a religious dwelling or from literally living by a wood or marsh or by a stream. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. The eagle depicted in the crest is emblematical of fortitude and magnanimity of mind. The Romans used the figure of an eagle for their ensign, and their example has been often followed. It is the device of Russia, Austria, Germany and the United States of America.


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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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