Hello was originally hallo.
"Alteration of hallo, alteration of obsolete holla, stop!, perhaps from Old French hola : ho, ho! + la, there (from Latin illāc, that way".
"1883, alt. of hallo (1840), itself an alt. of holla, hollo, a shout to attract attention, first recorded 1588. Perhaps from holla! "stop, cease." Popularity as a greeting coincides with use of the telephone, where it won out over Alexander Graham Bell's suggestion, ahoy. Central telephone exchange operators were known as hello-girls (1889)".
"Hello, formerly an Americanism, is now nearly as common as hullo in Britain".
Many stories date the first use of hello (with that spelling) to around the time of the invention of the telephone in 1876. It was however used in print in Roughing It by Mark Twain in 1872 (written between 1870 and 1871), so its first use must have predated the telephone:
"A miner came out and said: 'Hello!'"
Earlier uses can be found back to 1849.It was listed in dictionaries by 1883.
The word was extensively used in literature by the 1860s.Two early uses of hello can be found as far back as 1826.
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