Howley Family History

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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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Howley Family Origin

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Howley Family Occupations

What did your Howley ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Shoemaker were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Howley. The most common Howley occupation in Canada was Farmer. 13% of Howley's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Howley family was Fisherman.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Shoemaker

  • Fisherman


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Howley Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 33,000 census records available for the last name Howley. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Howley 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

There are 6,000 immigration records available for the last name Howley. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

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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Howley Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Howley ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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