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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.


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

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.


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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


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 and printed products wherever possible.


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

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    Other References

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    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. MacAulay, Thomas Babington. History of England from the Accession of James the Second 4 volumes. New York: Harper and Brothers, 1879. Print.
    4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    5. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    6. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    7. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
    8. Crispin, M. Jackson and Leonce Mary. Falaise Roll Recording Prominent Companions of William Duke of Normandy at the Conquest of England. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    9. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    10. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
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    The Hooley Family Crest was acquired from the 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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