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Urley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The Irish name Urley 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).

Early Origins of the Urley family

The surname Urley 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 Urley family

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Urley Spelling Variations

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

Early Notables of the Urley 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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Migration of the Urley family to the New World and Oceana

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Urley Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Tusloe Urley, who arrived in Maryland in 1682

Urley Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Urley, who settled in Ontario in 1871

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