Show ContentsHulley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Hulley is an ancient Norman name that arrived in England after the Norman Conquest of 1066. The name Hulley comes from the Norman personal name Hugh. Howlett was a baptismal name which means the son of Hugh. As the naming tradition grew in Europe, baptismal names began to be introduced in many countries. Baptismal names were sometimes given in honour of Christian saints and other biblical figures. There are very few Christian countries in Europe that did not adopt surnames from these religious figures.

Early Origins of the Hulley family

The surname Hulley was first found in Yorkshire where early English rolls provide us a glimpse of the spelling variations used through Medieval times. Johannes Houlet et uxor ejus and Adam Howlot et Agnes uxor were listed in the Yorkshire Poll Tax Rolls of 1379. Roger filius Hulot was also listed in Yorkshire in another early census. [1]

Agnes Hughelot was found in Norfolk c. 1248, Thomas Huwelot in Huntingdonshire c. 1250, and Richard Hulot in the Hundredorum Rolls of Suffolk in 1275. The Subsidy Rolls for Worcestershire included John Huelot there in 1327. [2]

Early History of the Hulley family

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Hulley Spelling Variations

Anglo-Norman names are characterized by a multitude of spelling variations. When the Normans became the ruling people of England in the 11th century, they introduced a new language into a society where the main languages of Old and later Middle English had no definite spelling rules. These languages were more often spoken than written, so they blended freely with one another. Contributing to this mixing of tongues was the fact that medieval scribes spelled words according to sound, ensuring that a person's name would appear differently in nearly every document in which it was recorded. The name has been spelled Howlett, Howlet, Hullett and others.

Early Notables of the Hulley family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was John Howlet (1548-1589), English Jesuit, "born in the county of Rutland in 1548. He entered at Exeter College, Oxford, in 1564, and graduated B.A. in 1566, becoming a fellow. He went abroad in 1570 with the permission of his college, intending to travel to Rome, but, entering the college of Douay in the same year, he was in 1571 received into the order of Jesus at Louvain. At Douay he was a contemporary of Campion, and studied theology. He afterwards taught many different subjects, chiefly at Douay. In 1587 he proceeded to Poland...
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Ireland Migration of the Hulley family to Ireland

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New Zealand Hulley migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Hulley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • H. Hulley, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Belle Creole" in 1853

Contemporary Notables of the name Hulley (post 1700) +

  • Elkanah Hulley, American Republican politician, Mayor of Marion, Indiana; Elected 1917 [3]
  • Benjamin Mayham Hulley (1898-1991), American politician, U.S. Consul in Stockholm, 1929; Dublin, 1929-34; Nantes, 1934-37; Paris, 1937-38; Sault SAINTE Marie, 1940; Reykjavik, 1944; Helsinki, 1945 [3]
  • John Hulley (1832-1875), English gymnastics and athletics entrepreneur who encouraged public participation in physical education to improve health and well-being, founder of the National Olympian Association in 1865, the forerunner of the British Olympic Association
  • Annie Hulley (b. 1955), English television and stage actress from Wakefield, West Riding of Yorkshire who has appeared in the British soap-operas Emmerdale as Karen Moore and Coronation Street
  • Angela Joyce "Angie" Hulley (b. 1962), née Pain, English bronze medalist female long-distance runner who represented Great Britain at the 1990 Commonwealth Games
  • Percy Alexander Hulley (b. 1941), South African zoologist and ichthyologist, research associate at the South African Museum

  1. Bardsley, C.W, A Dictionary of English and Welsh Surnames: With Special American Instances. Wiltshire: Heraldry Today, 1901. Print. (ISBN 0-900455-44-6)
  2. Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook