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The Irish name Hurley comes from the Gaelic "O hUirthile." Interestingly, the name has also been rendered Cammane, based on a translation for the Irish word for a hurley (stick).

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The surname Hurley was first found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as Lords and Chiefs of Knockalong Castle in the parish and barony of Knockalong, Costlea, the ruins of which still exist. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Rath Hurly, another of their ancient castles which is now in ruins in Kilcullane, in Small barony, Kilcullane, a castle they erected in 1464. The sept is descended from the race of Brenan Ban, on the O'Brien line. Later they built another strong castle in the parish of Kilnelonahan, where Dermod O'Hurley, built his fortress.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hurley, Hurlie, O'Hurley, O'Hurlie, Commane and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurley research. Another 183 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1519, 1584, 1992, 1327, 1377 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Hurley History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 155 words (11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Hurley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hurley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century


  • Eliza Hurley, who landed in Virginia in 1700
  • Daniel Hurley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745

Hurley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century


  • David Hurley, who landed in New York, NY in 1817
  • Ellen Hurley, aged 25, arrived in America in 1822
  • Philip Hurley, who arrived in New York in 1834
  • James Hurley, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842
  • Thomas Hurley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853


Hurley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • William Hurley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Hurley, who landed in Quebec in 1784
  • Mr. John Hurley U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784

Hurley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Michael Hurley, aged 33, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick
  • John Hurley, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
  • Thadeus Hurley, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
  • John Hurley, aged 26, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork
  • Ellen Hurley, aged 40, arrived in Saint John, NB in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork


Hurley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century


  • Honora Hurley, aged 17, arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin"
  • John Hurley, aged 33, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Honora Hurley, aged 20, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon"
  • Margaret Hurley, aged 22, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Emerald Isle"
  • John Hurley, aged 24, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Nugget"


Hurley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century


  • Alexander Hurley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Matilda Hurley landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Joseph Hurley landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bernian
  • Joseph Hurley a carpenter, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Winifred Hurley, aged 30, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842


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  • Francis Thomas Hurley (1927-2016), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Anchorage from 1976 to 2001
  • Mr. Charles Edwin Hurley (d. 1915), American 3rd Class passenger from Brockton, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Marcus Hurley (1883-1941), American four time gold and one time bronze Olympic medalist for cycling at the 1904 games
  • Paul Hurley (b. 1946), former American ice hockey player
  • Eric William Hurley (b. 1985), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Joseph Patrick Hurley (1894-1967), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Major-General Patrick Jay Hurley (1883-1963), American Ambassador to China (1943-1945)
  • Colonel Douglas G. Hurley (b. 1966), American NASA Astronaut with over 376 hours in space, pilot for the Space Shuttle mission STS-127
  • Denis M Hurley (1843-1899), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1895-99)
  • Charles John Hurley (b. 1936), Irish former footballer

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  • The Ancestry of William Neal Hurley III [sic]; A Record of Many of His Ancestors and Present Day Relatives Who Share the Common Ancestry by William Neal Hurley.
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