From Old English halh-ġefeaxe (literally “grassy corner”), compounded from halh + ġefeaxe.  Folk etymology suggests Old English hāliġfeax (literally “holy hair”), as compounded from hāliġ + feax, from a local legend that the town is said to have received the name from the fact that the hair of a murdered virgin was hung up on a tree in the neighborhood, which became a resort of pilgrims. Compare also Fairfax.
The capital city of Nova Scotia is named after statesman George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1716 - 1771).
- An industrial town in West Yorkshire, England, 20km south-west of Leeds.
- The capital city of Nova Scotia, Canada. [From 1749]
- A regional municipality of Nova Scotia, Canada.
- A small town, the county seat of Halifax County, North Carolina, United States.
- A town, the county seat of Halifax County, Virginia, United States.
- An earldom in the Peerage of Great Britain.
- ^ Watts, Victor, The Cambridge Dictionary of English Place-Names, 2010