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Where did the English Hooley family come from? What is the English Hooley family crest and coat of arms? When did the Hooley family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Hooley family history?

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.


Hooley has been spelled many different ways, including 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. Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.

First found in northern England, where they held a family seat in Yorkshire, Lancashire, and Cheshire from very early times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hooley research. Another 270 words(19 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1611, 1613, 1668, 1766, 1828, and 1848 are included under the topic Early Hooley History in all our PDF Extended History products.


More information is included under the topic Early Hooley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Some of the Hooley family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 144 words(10 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.


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
  • Thomas Hooley to Philadelphia in 1866


  • Richard A Hooley, American educator and economist
  • Darlene Hooley (b. 1939), Democratic member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oregon
  • Christopher Hooley (b. 1928), English mathematician, recipient of the Adams Prize of Cambridge University in 1973
  • Frank Hooley (b. 1923), former English Labour Party politician
  • Teresa Hooley (1888-1973), English poet
  • Major General St John C Hooley, who served with the British Army during World War II
  • E Purnell Hooley (1860-1942), Welsh inventor of Tarmac, the highway surfacing material
  • E T Hooley (1842-1903), explorer, pastoralist and politician in Western Australia


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The Hooley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Hooley Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

This page was last modified on 27 October 2010 at 13:41.

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