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Hooley Name Meaning

English (northern England): habitational name from places called Hoole, in Cheshire and Lancashire. The former is so called from the Old English dative case hole of holh ‘hollow’, ‘depression’; the latter from Middle English hule ‘hut’, ‘shelter’ (Old English hulu ‘husk’, ‘covering’). In both cases the final -e is now silent in the place name, but has been retained in the surname, with consequent alteration in the spelling.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Howley, Pooley, Hole, Huxley, Hanley, Woolley, Hockley, Holley

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Where is the Hooley family from?

You can see how Hooley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hooley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hooley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 4 Hooley families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 40% of all the recorded Hooley's in the USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Hooley families in 1840.
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What did your Hooley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hooley. 20% of Hooley men worked as a Farmer and 15% of Hooley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hooley were Salesman and Waitress.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Farmer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk
  • Salesman

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
  • Teacher
  • Housewife
  • Waitress
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Census Records

There are 27,000 census records available for the last name Hooley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Hooley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 3,000 immigration records available for the last name Hooley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 2,000 military records available for the last name Hooley. For the veterans among your Hooley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hooley lifespan?

Between 1959 and 2004, in the United States, Hooley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Hooley in 1959 was 58, and 75 in 2004.

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