Wholy History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The ancestors of the Wholy surname lived among the ancient Anglo-Saxon culture. The name comes from when they lived in a now-lost place called Howley, which experts theorize was situated in Lancashire, Yorkshire, or Cheshire. The surname Wholy 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 Wholy family

The surname Wholy 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 Wholy family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Wholy 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 Wholy History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Wholy Spelling Variations

Before English spelling was standardized a few hundred years ago, spelling variations of names were a common occurrence. Elements of Latin, French and other languages became incorporated into English through the Middle Ages, and name spellings changed even among the literate. The variations of the surname Wholy include Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.

Early Notables of the Wholy 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...
Another 46 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Wholy Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland Migration of the Wholy family to Ireland

Some of the Wholy 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 Wholy family

A great wave of immigration to the New World was the result of the enormous political and religious disarray that struck England at that time. Families left for the New World in extremely large numbers. The long journey was the end of many immigrants and many more arrived sick and starving. Still, those who made it were rewarded with an opportunity far greater than they had known at home in England. These emigrant families went on to make significant contributions to these emerging colonies in which they settled. Some of the first North American settlers carried this name or one of its variants: 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)


Houseofnames.com on Facebook