Hurley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Hurley comes from the Gaelic "O hUirthile." Interestingly, the name has also been rendered Cammane, based on a translation for the Irish word for a hurley (stick).

One of the first records of the family was Saint Comman of Ross-Commain ( fl. 550). He was "son of Faelchu and descendant of Fiacha Araidhe, of the family of Rudhraighe, and race of Ir, king of Ulster, A.D. 236. In a short time he constructed a monastery, after the temporary fashion of the country, which was soon filled with zealous monks, and was named from him Ross-Commain (Roscommon). " [1]

Early Origins of the Hurley family

The surname Hurley was first found in Limerick (Irish: Luimneach) located in Southwestern Ireland, in the province of Munster, where they held a family seat as Lords and Chiefs of Knockalong Castle in the parish and barony of Knockalong, Costlea, the ruins of which still exist. Irish history was greatly influenced by the Norman invasion of 1172, and thereafter, the surnames of Irish Gaelic clanns and septs and many of the Norman families became almost indistinguishable. This family name was found later in Rath Hurly, another of their ancient castles which is now in ruins in Kilcullane, in Small barony, Kilcullane, a castle they erected in 1464. The sept is descended from the race of Brenan Ban, on the O'Brien line. Later they built another strong castle in the parish of Kilnelonahan, where Dermod O'Hurley, built his fortress.

Early History of the Hurley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Hurley research. Another 92 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1714, 1519, 1584, 1992, 1327, 1377 and 1700 are included under the topic Early Hurley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Hurley Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Hurley, Hurlie, O'Hurley, O'Hurlie, Commane and many more.

Early Notables of the Hurley family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Dermot O'Hurley (1519-1584), Archbishop of Cashel, horribly tortured for his beliefs, one of the most celebrated of Irish Catholic Martyrs, beatified by Pope John Paul II on 27 September 1992; William Hurley was the master...
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United States Hurley migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hurley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Eliza Hurley, who landed in Virginia in 1700 [2]
  • Daniel Hurley, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 [2]
Hurley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • David Hurley, who landed in New York, NY in 1817 [2]
  • Ellen Hurley, aged 25, who arrived in America in 1822 [2]
  • Philip Hurley, who arrived in New York in 1834 [2]
  • James Hurley, who landed in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842 [2]
  • Thomas Hurley, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1853 [2]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Hurley migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Hurley Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
  • William Hurley, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • John Hurley, who landed in Quebec in 1784
  • Mr. John Hurley U.E. who settled in Marysburgh [Prince Edward County], Ontario c. 1784 [3]
Hurley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
  • Michael Hurley, aged 33, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Ward" from Limerick, Ireland
  • John Hurley, aged 30, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Thadeus Hurley, aged 17, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • John Hurley, aged 26, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
  • Ellen Hurley, aged 40, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Ann & Mary" from Cork, Ireland
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Australia Hurley migration to Australia +

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

Hurley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Honora Hurley, aged 17, who arrived in South Australia in 1849 aboard the ship "Elgin" [4]
  • Mrs. Mary Hurley, (Hurly), (b. 1819), aged 32, Irish house maid who was convicted in Tipperary, Ireland for 7 years for stealing, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land), 3 children only one aboard with her [5]
  • Miss Bridget Hurley, (b. 1850), aged 1, Irish settler travelling with Mary Hurley convict, transported aboard the "Blackfriar" on 24th January 1851, arriving in Tasmania ( Van Diemen's Land) [5]
  • John Hurley, aged 33, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [6]
  • Honora Hurley, aged 20, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1853 aboard the ship "Macedon" [6]
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New Zealand Hurley 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:

Hurley Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Alexander Hurley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1840
  • Matilda Hurley, who landed in Auckland, New Zealand in 1841
  • Joseph Hurley, who landed in Wellington, New Zealand in 1842 aboard the ship Bernian
  • Joseph Hurley a carpenter, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
  • Winifred Hurley, aged 30, who arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Birman" in 1842
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Contemporary Notables of the name Hurley (post 1700) +

  • Francis Thomas Hurley (1927-2016), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church, Archbishop of Anchorage from 1976 to 2001
  • Marcus Hurley (1883-1941), American four time gold and one time bronze Olympic medalist for cycling at the 1904 games
  • Paul Hurley (b. 1946), former American ice hockey player
  • Eric William Hurley (b. 1985), American professional baseball pitcher
  • Joseph Patrick Hurley (1894-1967), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Major-General Patrick Jay Hurley (1883-1963), American Ambassador to China (1943-1945) [7]
  • Colonel Douglas G. Hurley (b. 1966), American NASA Astronaut with over 376 hours in space, pilot for the Space Shuttle mission STS-127 [8]
  • Denis M Hurley (1843-1899), American politician, U.S. Representative from New York (1895-99)
  • Charles John Hurley (b. 1936), Irish former footballer
  • Harold "Boat" Hurley (1929-2017), Canadian silver medalist ice hockey goaltender at the 1960 Winter Olympics
  • ... (Another 4 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Mr. John  Hurley (1869-1917), British stationed aboard the SS Calonne from who died in the explosion [9]
  • Mr. Maurice  Hurley (1900-1917), English Mess Boy aboard the SS Curaca from Liverpool, England, United Kingdom who died in the explosion [9]
HMS Prince of Wales
  • Mr. John Hurley, British Petty Office Stoker, who sailed into battle on the HMS Prince of Wales and survived the sinking [10]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Charles Edwin Hurley, American 3rd Class passenger from Brockton, Massachusetts, USA, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [11]
  • Miss Margaret Hurley, Australian 1st Class Passenger, Maid to the Learoyds family from Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [11]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wendell Ray Hurley, American Musician Second Class from Indiana, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [12]


Suggested Readings for the name Hurley +

  • 762 "The Ancestry of William Neal Hurley III [sic]; A Record of Many of His Ancestors and Present Day Relatives Who Share the Common Ancestry" by William Neal Hurley.

  1. ^ Smith, George (ed), Dictionary of National Biography. London: Smith, Elder & Co., 1885-1900. Print
  2. ^ 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)
  3. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  4. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) ELGIN 1849. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1849Elgin.htm
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 13th October 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/blackfriar
  6. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 11 January 1853. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) MACEDON 1853. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/macedon1853.shtml
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, March 30) Patrick Hurley. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Hurley/Patrick_Jay/USA.html
  8. ^ NASA Astronauts Homepage. (Retrieved 2010, September 27) Douglas Hurley. Retrieved from http://www.jsc.nasa.gov/Bios/htmlbios/hurley-dg.html
  9. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  10. ^ HMS Prince of Wales Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listprincecrew.html
  11. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  12. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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