Halley Family History
Halley Name Meaning
English and Scottish: either an aspirated variant of Alley or a variant of Hawley . Scottish: habitational name from Halley in Deerness (Orkney). Irish (Waterford and Tipperary): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAilche ‘descendant of Ailche’ possibly from the byname Ailchú meaning ‘gentle hound’. In some cases in Ireland Halley has been adopted for Ó Maolchathail (see Mulhall ). Irish (Clare): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁille ‘descendant of Áille’ apparently from áille ‘beauty’ but possibly a variant of Ó hÁinle (see Hanley ). French (mainly Normandy): variant of Halle Altered form of French Canadian Hallé (see Halle ).
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press