The ancestry of the name Whooley dates from the ancient Anglo-Saxon
culture of Britain. It comes from when the family lived in a now-lost place called Howley, which experts theorize was situated in Lancashire
, or Cheshire
. The surname Whooley belongs to the large category of Anglo-Saxon habitation
names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.
Early Origins of the Whooley family
The surname Whooley was first found in northern England
, where they held a family seat
, and Cheshire
from very early times.
Early History of the Whooley family
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Whooley Spelling Variations
in names were a common occurrence before English spelling was standardized a few hundred
years ago. In the Middle Ages, even the literate spelled their names differently as the English language incorporated elements of French, Latin, and other European languages. Many variations of the name Whooley have been found, including Hooley, Hooly, Whooley, Wholey, Hoole and others.
Early Notables of the Whooley family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Whooley family to Ireland
Some of the Whooley family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 144 words (10 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 Whooley family to the New World and Oceana
Families began migrating abroad in enormous numbers because of the political and religious discontent in England
. Often faced with persecution and starvation in England
, the possibilities of the New World attracted many English people. Although the ocean trips took many lives, those who did get to North America were instrumental in building the necessary groundwork for what would become for new powerful nations. Some of the first immigrants to cross the Atlantic and come to North America bore the name Whooley, 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.
Contemporary Notables of the name Whooley (post 1700)
- John Whooley, American msician best known for playing the saxophone and other instruments with the band Estradasphere