Last name origins & meanings:
- 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
- English: in part possibly a habitational name from Hawley
in Hampshire, named from Old English heall ‘hall’, ‘large
house’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.
(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).
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