by Steve Hall  [ digitect dancingpaper com ]
Updated: 6 July 2008

Genealogy: Hall (Immigrants from Germany)

This site documents the genealogical research of a line of Halls beginning in Eastern Pennsylvania, Germanic emigrants during the mid-1700's who now extend through ten generations across the United States. To date, every German Hall line in America that we have found is related to this family, we know of no other unrelated lines.

Our Hall Ancestors -- A detailed, software-generated website of the known first eight generations of supposed brothers George, Peter, and Henry Hall.

Graphical Family Tree -- The first four generations of the family represented in text as a graphical tree.

Documents -- Downloadable documents of interest such as wills and research facts.

Photographs -- A beginning collection of photographs of the family.

Links -- References to other sites of interest for the family.

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Quick Facts

Alternate spellings of "Hall"

To date, we have encountered these variations in the family's surname: Hall, Haal, Haall, Hälle, Halle, Hahl, Hahll, Halen, Heyl, and Heil.

Frequency of the surname Hall in the U.S.

"Hall" was the 26th most popular United States surname in 1990, occuring at a rate of 0.2%.

Source: U.S. Census Bureau, 1990 Census Data (see the Search Names Files page)

U.S. Map of the Hall surname distribution


1850-1990 (animated)

Rate of the surname "Hall" in various countries, per 1,000 population

  America (in 1976)   1.99
  England and Wales   4.00
  Scotland            1.20
  Ulster              1.91
  Ireland             0.74
  European            1.20  German, Holl(e), Hal(l), Hohl (also Hill)
Source: Kolb, Avery E.. The Grand-Families of America 1776-1976, Baltimore: Gateway Press, 1974.

Assuming each location above had an equal distribution among the population (which could hardly be true) only 10% of all Halls would be European. It would seem then that the specifically German descendants would be far fewer still.