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Hurley Name Meaning

Irish: variant of Herlihy. Irish (Munster): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hUrthuile ‘descendant of Urthuile’. Irish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Murthuile, ‘descendant of Murthuile’ (see Murley). English: habitational name from places in Berkshire and Warwickshire so named from Old English hyrne ‘corner’, ‘bend’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’.

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


Similar surnames: Harley, Murley, Durley, Huxley, Hulley, Burley, Curley, Turley

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Where is the Hurley family from?

You can see how Hurley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Hurley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Hurley families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 56 Hurley families living in New York. This was about 19% of all the recorded Hurley's in the USA. New York had the highest population of Hurley families in 1840.
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What did your Hurley ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Hurley. 14% of Hurley men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Hurley women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Hurley were Clerk and Housekeeper.

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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
    14%
  • Farmer
    10%
  • Salesman
    6%
  • Clerk
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Teacher
    8%
  • Clerk
    6%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
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Passenger Lists

There are 39,000 immigration records available for the last name Hurley. 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 47,000 military records available for the last name Hurley. For the veterans among your Hurley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Hurley lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Hurley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Hurley in 1941 was 51, and 74 in 2004.

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