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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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Where is the Halley family from?

You can see how Halley families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Halley family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Halley families were found in the USA in 1920. In 1911 there were 95 Halley families living in Ontario. This was about 48% of all the recorded Halley's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Halley families in 1911.
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What did your Halley ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Store were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Halley. 27% of Halley men worked as a Farmer and 60% of Halley women worked as a Store. Some less common occupations for Americans named Halley were Journalier and Journalier.

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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 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Journalier

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Store
  • Journalier
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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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What is the average Halley lifespan?

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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