The English, German, Danish, Norwegian and Swedish surname of HALLMAN was derived from the Old English word 'halemann'. The name was locational 'the dweller at the hall' meaning one who lived near a large house or an occupational name for someone employed at a hall or manor. In some cases it may be a habitation name from towns named with this word, in particular HALLE in the south-west corner of East Germany. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. The name is also spelt HALLS, HALLE, HALLER, HALLMANN, HALLEN and HALLIN, to name but a few. During the 17th century surnames were brought to Britain, North America and southern Africa by French Huguenot exiles. The Huguenots were French Protestants, and in 1572 large numbers of them were massacred in Paris on the orders of Queen Catherine de'Medici. Many of the survivors sought refuge in England and elsewhere. Although the Edict of Nantes (1598) officially guaranteed religious toleration, persecution continued, and the Edict was revoked by Louis XIV in 1685. It was then the trickle of emigration became a flood. Many migrated to England, while others joined groups of Dutch Protestants settling around the Cape of Good Hope. Others sailed across the Atlantic to establish themselves in North America. Early records of the name in England mention Aeluric Halleman who was recorded in the year 1095 in County Suffolk. Gilbert le Halleman was documented in County Nottingham in the year 1301. John Haleman of Yorkshire was recorded in the Yorkshire Poll Tax of 1379. 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. The associated arms are recorded in Sir Bernard Burkes General Armory. Ulster King of Arms in 1884. Registered in County Devon, 1607. In the Middle Ages heraldry came into use as a practical matter. It originated in the devices used to distinguish the armoured warriors in tournament and war, and was also placed on seals as marks of identity. As far as records show, true heraldry began in the middle of the 12th century, and appeared almost simultaneously in several countries of Western Europe
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