HALLAM - The meaning
Well, what does the HALLAM name mean? Firstly we will explain a little about surnames and how surnames came to be.
- 1. Patronymic Surnames - names derived from a father's name. i.e: WilSon - son of William
- 2. Place Names - Geographical designation, creating a class of local surnames derived from the place of residence. i.e: NORMAN was from Normandy; BROOKS lived along a brook.
- 3. Descriptive Names (Nicknames) - Those derived from a physical or other characteristic of the bearer. These descriptive names are thought to have originally evolved as nicknames during the Middle Ages when a man, familiar with everyone in his small village, might jokingly create nicknames for his neighbors and friends based on personality or physical appearance. i.e: Michael the strong became Michael STRONG and black-haired Peter became Peter BLACK.
Well, what does the HALLAM name mean?
The Hallam name derives from the second section - Place names:
HALLAM - English - Pronounced: HAL-am
Which comes from a surname which was derived from a place name meaning either
"at the rocks" or "at the nook" or "dweller at the rocks" in Old English.