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Halley Name Meaning

Scottish: habitational name from a place the location of which is disputed. Black gives two Scottish options, the first with no explanation, the second being Halley in Deerness, Orkney. Modern Scottish bearers may well get it from the Irish names (see 3 and 4 below). English: in part possibly a habitational name from Hawley in Hampshire, named from Old English heall ‘hall’, ‘large house’ + leah ‘woodland clearing’. Irish (Counties Waterford and Tipperary): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hAilche ‘descendant of Ailche’, possibly from the byname Ailchú meaning ‘gentle hound’. In some cases Halley has been used to replace Mulhall. Irish (County Clare): shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hÁille ‘descendant of Áille’, apparently from áille ‘beauty’, but possibly a variant of Ó hÁinle (see Hanley).

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

Similar surnames: Hanley, Harley, Hawley, Hadley, Galley, Talley, Hulley, Hatley

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Halley Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Halley. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • France


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Halley Family Origin

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Halley Family Occupations

What did your Halley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Student and Baker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Halley. A less common occupation for the Halley family was Gardiner. The most common Halley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 34% of Halley's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Student

  • Baker

  • Gardiner


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Halley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 62,000 census records available for the last name Halley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Halley census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

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Draft Card

There are 7,000 military records available for the last name Halley. For the veterans among your Halley ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Halley Life Expectancy

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Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Halley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 1986. The average life expectancy for Halley in 1941 was 42, and 76 in 2004.

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