Show ContentsHoole History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Hoole name has descended through the generations from the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. Their name comes from having lived in a now-lost place called Howley, which experts theorize was situated in Lancashire, Yorkshire, or Cheshire. The surname Hoole belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. 1

Early Origins of the Hoole family

The surname Hoole was first found in northern England, where they held a family seat in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cheshire from very early times.

Early records of the family are very scarce, but the Wills at Chester included: John Hooley, of Dukenfield, 1613, Robert Hooley, of Bebbington, 1610, Hugh Hooley, of Houghend, parish of Manchester, 1611, Jane Hooley, of Adlington, 1617, Miles Howley, of Adlington, 1668, and William Honley, of Duckenueld, 1676. 1

Early History of the Hoole family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hoole research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1611, 1613, 1634, 1636, 1667, 1668, 1727, 1766, 1803, 1828 and 1848 are included under the topic Early Hoole History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hoole Spelling Variations

Only recently has spelling become standardized in the English language. As the English language evolved in the Middle Ages, the spelling of names changed also. The name Hoole has undergone many spelling variations, including Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.

Early Notables of the Hoole family

Distinguished members of the family include

  • Charles Hoole (1610-1667), educational writer, son of Charles Hoole of Wakefield, Yorkshire, born there in 1610. He was educated at Wakefield free school, and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he proc...
  • John Hoole (1727-1803), was a translator, son of Samuel Hoole, a watchmaker and inventive mechanician, by Sarah, daughter of James Drury, clockmaker and was born in Moorfields, London, in December 172...

Ireland Migration of the Hoole family to Ireland

Some of the Hoole family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

United States Hoole migration to the United States +

To escape the unstable social climate in England of this time, many families boarded ships for the New World with the hope of finding land, opportunity, and greater religious and political freedom. Although the voyages were expensive, crowded, and difficult, those families that arrived often found greater opportunities and freedoms than they could have experienced at home. Many of those families went on to make significant contributions to the rapidly developing colonies in which they settled. Early North American records indicate many people bearing the name Hoole were among those contributors:

Hoole Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Hannah Hoole to New York in 1822 with seven children

Australia Hoole migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Hoole Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hoole, English convict who was convicted in West Riding, Yorkshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Dromedary" on 11th September 1819, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 2
  • Mr. James Hoole, English convict who was convicted in Lancaster, Lancashire, England for life, transported aboard the "Caledonia" in 19th June 1822, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) 3

Contemporary Notables of the name Hoole (post 1700) +

  • Daryl Hoole (b. 1934), American author and public speaker
  • John Hoole (1727-1803), English translator

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  • Mr. Horace Hoole (b. 1915), English Leading Stoker serving for the Royal Navy from Doncaster, Yorkshire, England, who sailed into battle and died in the HMS Hood sinking 4

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  2. Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 16th July 2021). Retrieved from
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  4. H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from on Facebook