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Halsall Coat of Arms / Halsall Family Crest

Halsall Coat of Arms / Halsall Family Crest

The surname of HALSALL is of the locational group of surnames 'of Halsall' a parish in County Lancashire, three miles from Ormskirk. The name was derived from the Old English word HAELE. Local names usually denoted where a man held his land, and indicated where he actually lived. Almost every city, town or village existing in the Middle Ages has served to name one or more families. Where a man lived was his means of identification. When a man left his birthplace or village where he had been known, and went elsewhere, people would likely refer to him by the name of his former residence or birthplace, or by the name of the land which he owned. Early records of the name mention HERLESHALA (without surnames) who was listed as a tenant in the Domesday Book of 1086. The name was documented in 1212 as HAUSHAM. Gilbert de HELSELL was recorded in County Lancashire during the reign of Edward I (1279-130). Henry HALSHALL of Halshall was listed in the Wills at Chester in 1574. Ralph HALSHALL and Amey Fenton were married in London in 1567. (No church recorded). Over the centuries, most people in Europe have accepted their surname as a fact of life, as irrevocable as an act of God. However much the individual may have liked or disliked the surname, they were stuck with it, and people rarely changed them by personal choice. A more common form of variation was in fact involuntary, when an official change was made, in other words, a clerical error.

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 flowing and draped garment worn over the armour. Translation of the arms Or (yellow) denotes generosity. Azure (blue) is associated with the church and represents Loyalty and Truth. A dragon is a Fabulous creature, represented as a strong and fierce animal, and used often in Coat Armour.

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Last Updated: Dec. 1st, 2021

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