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Howley Name Meaning

English (chiefly Yorkshire): habitational name from any of various places so called, for example in Cheshire, Gloucestershire, and West Yorkshire. The first is from a lost place in Lower Bebington, named from Old English hol ‘hollow’ + weg ‘way’; the second is from Old English hol + leah ‘woodland clearing’; and the last, Howley Hall in Moreley, is from Old English hofe ‘ground ivy’ + leah. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUallaigh ‘descendant of Uallach’, a personal name or byname from uallach ‘proud’.

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


Similar surnames: Cowley, Hawley, Bowley, Hooley, Rowley, Hanley, Coley, Hockley

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Where is the Howley family from?

You can see how Howley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Howley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Howley families were found in the UK in 1891. In 1840 there were 10 Howley families living in New York. This was about 38% of all the recorded Howley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Howley families in 1840.
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What did your Howley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Howley. 12% of Howley men worked as a Laborer and 11% of Howley women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Howley were Clerk and Housewife.

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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

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    11%
  • Farmer
    9%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Stenographer
    11%
  • Teacher
    11%
  • Clerk
    10%
  • Housewife
    9%
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Passenger Lists

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Howley. 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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There are 4,000 military records available for the last name Howley. For the veterans among your Howley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Howley lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Howley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1959, and highest in 1962. The average life expectancy for Howley in 1943 was 44, and 77 in 2004.

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