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Type Surname (from given name & from location)
Usage English, Irish
Other Forms FormsHoulihan (Irish), Hooley

Meaning & History

English habitational name from Howley in Warrington (Lancashire) or Howley in Morley (Yorkshire). The Lancashire name also appears as Hooley and Wholey while the Yorkshire placename comes from Old English hofe "ground ivy. and leah "clearing". Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUallaigh "descendant of Uallach" a personal name or byname from úallach "proud boastful"
Added 3/17/2024 by Paradiso36
Edited 4/29/2024 by Mike C