Hall is an extremely common English surname, found widely in Scotland also, denoting someone who lived near a large house,or who was employed in a manor or hall. In Ireland, it is most common in Ulster, where its source is predominantly Scottish; the Halls were one of the outlaw "riding clans" who migrated to Ulster when their dominance over the Scottish Borders was broken by James I. The name is particularly associated with Co. Antrim. Elsewhere, it is also found in Munster, brought during the sixteenth and seventeenth century plantations, and in Leinster, due to the long association of parts of that province with English rule. It is rare in the western province of Connacht.