Show ContentsHooley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Anglo-Saxon name Hooley comes from the family having resided in a now-lost place called Howley, which experts theorize was situated in Lancashire, Yorkshire, or Cheshire. The surname Hooley 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 Hooley family

The surname Hooley 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 Hooley family

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Hooley Spelling Variations

Hooley has been spelled many different ways. Before English spelling became standardized over the last few hundred years, spelling variations in names were a common occurrence. As the English language changed in the Middle Ages, absorbing pieces of Latin and French, as well as other languages, the spelling of people's names also changed considerably, even over a single lifetime. Spelling variants included: Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.

Early Notables of the Hooley 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 proceeded B.A. on 12 June 1634 and M.A. on 7...
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Hooley Ranking

In the United States, the name Hooley is the 16,895th most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [2]

Ireland Migration of the Hooley family to Ireland

Some of the Hooley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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United States Hooley migration to the United States +

In an attempt to escape the chaos experienced in England, many English families boarded overcrowded and diseased ships sailing for the shores of North America and other British colonies. Those families hardy enough, and lucky enough, to make the passage intact were rewarded with land and a social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families became important contributors to the young colonies in which they settled. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first Hooleys to arrive on North American shores:

Hooley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Daniel Hooley, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1772
Hooley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Benjamin Hooley to Philadelphia in 1839
  • William Hooley to Philadelphia in 1846
  • Michael Hooley, who arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1860 [3]
  • Thomas Hooley to Philadelphia in 1866

Canada Hooley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hooley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Ms. Ann Hooley, aged 24 who was emigrating through Grosse Isle Quarantine Station, Quebec aboard the ship "Thistle" departing 1st June 1847 from Liverpool, England; the ship arrived on 18th July 1847 but she died on board [4]

Australia Hooley migration to Australia +

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

Hooley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. William Hooley, English convict who was convicted in Chester, Cheshire, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Egyptian" on 5th April 1839, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • Mr. Charles Alexander Hooley, English convict who was convicted in York, Yorkshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Emerald Isle" on 25th June 1842, arriving in Tasmania (Van Diemen's Land) [6]
  • Mr. Samuel Hooley, English convict who was convicted in Stafford, Staffordshire, England for 10 years, transported aboard the "Belgravia" on 4th April 1866, arriving in Western Australia [7]

Contemporary Notables of the name Hooley (post 1700) +

  • William F. Hooley (1861-1918), English-born, American bass singer and pioneer recording artist on the Edison Phonograph
  • Richard Martin Hooley (1822-1893), nicknamed "Uncle Dick", an Irish-born, American theatre manager, one of the earliest theatre managers in Chicago
  • Darlene Kay Olson Hooley (b. 1939), American politician, Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon (1997-2009)
  • Richard A Hooley, American educator and economist
  • Joseph Hooley (b. 1938), English former footballer and football manager
  • Reginald Walter Hooley (1865-1923), English businessman and amateur paleontologist, known for his work on the Isle of Wight
  • Joan Hooley (b. 1936), Jamaica-born, English actress, best known for playing the role of Josie McFarlane in BBC's EastEnders
  • Will Hooley (b. 1993), English rugby union player for Bedford Blues, born in Cambridge
  • Frank Oswald Hooley (1923-2015), English Labour Party politician, Member of Parliament for Sheffield Heeley (1966-1970) and (1974-1983)
  • Teresa Hooley (1888-1973), English poet, best known for her war poem A War Film about World War I
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  2. "What are the 5,000 Most Common Last Names in the U.S.?".,
  3. Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. Charbonneau, André, and Doris Drolet-Dubé. A Register of Deceased Persons at Sea and on Grosse Île in 1847. The Minister of Canadian Heritage, 1997. ISBN: 0-660-198/1-1997E (p. 80)
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