Last name origins & meanings:
- Irish: shortened form of O’Hanley, an Anglicized form of
Gaelic Ó hÁinle ‘descendant of Áinle’, a
personal name meaning ‘champion’. This is the name of a ruling family
in Connacht; it is now common in southern Ireland.
- English: habitational name from any of various places, such as Handley in
Cheshire, Derbyshire. Northamptonshire, and Dorset and Hanley in
Staffordshire and Worcestershire, all from Old English hēan,
the weak dative case (originally used after a preposition and article)
of hēah ‘high’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’, or from
Handley Farm in Clayhanger, Devon, which is named from Old English
hān ‘(boundary) stone’ + lēah.
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