Wholay History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The name Wholay is of Anglo-Saxon origin and came from when the family lived in a now-lost place called Howley, which experts theorize was situated in Lancashire, Yorkshire, or Cheshire. The surname Wholay belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads. [1]

Early Origins of the Wholay family

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

Early records of the family are very scarce, but the Wills at Chester included: John Hooley, of Dukenfield, 1613, Robert Hooley, of Bebbington, 1610, Hugh Hooley, of Houghend, parish of Manchester, 1611, Jane Hooley, of Adlington, 1617, Miles Howley, of Adlington, 1668, and William Honley, of Duckenueld, 1676. [1]

Early History of the Wholay family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wholay research. Another 85 words (6 lines of text) covering the years 1610, 1613, 1611, 1668, 1610, 1667, 1610, 1634, 1636, 1727, 1803, 1727, 1766, 1848 and 1828 are included under the topic Early Wholay History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wholay Spelling Variations

It is only in the last few hundred years that the English language has been standardized. For that reason, early Anglo-Saxon surnames like Wholay are characterized by many spelling variations. As the English language changed and incorporated elements of other European languages, even literate people changed the spelling of their names. Scribes and monks in the Middle Ages spelled names they sounded, so it is common to find several variations that refer to a single person. The variations of the name Wholay include: Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.

Early Notables of the Wholay family (pre 1700)

Distinguished members of the family include Charles Hoole (1610-1667), educational writer, son of Charles Hoole of Wakefield, Yorkshire, born there in 1610. He was educated at Wakefield free school, and at Lincoln College, Oxford, where he proceeded B.A. on 12 June 1634 and M.A. on 7...
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Ireland Migration of the Wholay family to Ireland

Some of the Wholay family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 57 words (4 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Wholay family

Many English families tired of political and religious strife left Britain for the new colonies in North America. Although the trip itself offered no relief - conditions on the ships were extremely cramped, and many travelers arrived diseased, starving, and destitute - these immigrants believed the opportunities that awaited them were worth the risks. Once in the colonies, many of the families did indeed prosper and, in turn, made significant contributions to the culture and economies of the growing colonies. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name Wholay or a variant listed above: Daniel Hooley, who sailed to Pennsylvania in 1772; Hannah Hoole to New York in 1822 with seven children, Benjamin Hooley to Philadelphia in 1839; William Hooley to Philadelphia in 1846.



  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)


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