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HURLEY Family HistoryThe surname Hurley has become the anglicised version of several distinct original Irish patronymics:
1) Ó hUirthile, part of the Dál gCais tribal group, based in Clare and North Tipperary, from a personal name of uncertain meaning;
2) Ó Muirthile or Ó Murghaile, based around Kilbritain in west Cork, the most numerous of the three (MacLysaght, 1985); Woulfe (1923) gives the derivation from personal name meaning 'sea-tide';
3) Ó hIarlatha, from the district of Ballyvourney, also in Cork, whose name is more usually anglicised (O) Herlihy; Woulfe (1923) gives the derivation from personal name meaning 'under-lord';
4) Ó Comáin, usually anglicised Cummins in Co Cork, has also become 'Hurley' in some instances in Cos Cork and Clare, due to the mistaken belief that the personal name came from 'camán'- a hurley (stick), a practice known as 'pseudo-translation'.
In Griffith's 'Valuation' (1847-64) Hurley was most common in counties Cork (642), Kerry (87), Waterford (75), Limerick (73) and Tipperary (52). Total 1,127 Hurley and 105 Hurly.
Matheson's 'Special Report on Surnames in Ireland' (1909), based on the birth figures for 1890, listed Hurley as most numerous in counties Cork (86 births), Waterford, Dublin and Galway.
Hurley is also a Somerset surname, from a settlement of the name. There are also places so called in Berkshire and Warwickshire: Old English 'hyrne'- bend or corner and 'leah' - wood or clearing.
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Good Morning, my name is John Hurley and I am interested in learning any information on relatives of James Hurley born Mallow Cork Ireland October 18, 1874. US Census data suggests he immigrated to New York in 1890 with his father Daniel who was originally from Milltown Malbay Clare
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Hello, I'm trying to research my ancestors and I've gotten as far as Patrick Hurley - 1620-1699 and his wife Margaret Dinnen - 1620?. I'm trying to research to and go farther to see who Patricks parents and ancestors were. Patrick's son Daniel migrated to the United States and is where my lineage comes from. I would really love any information anyone has to aid me in my research. Thank you,
Hello Cherisse. It seems we come from the same lineage. I have also traced back to Patrick Hurley, 1620-1699. His father may have been another Daniel Hurley, but it seems that Daniel was an extremely common Hurley name in the 1600s, so I have no idea how to discern which one might be the father of Patrick. Please keep me posted if you find out anything more and I will do the same.
Hello my name is karrie hurley I was trying to find out my origins from my last name .
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