Whooley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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, Yorkshire, 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. [1]

Early Origins of the Whooley family

The surname Whooley 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 Whooley family

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

Whooley Spelling Variations

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)

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 Whooley Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Ireland 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 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 Whooley family

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


  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