• Hurley surname history

    Hurley surname history

    Hurley has become the English version of at least three distinct original Irish names: the O hUirthile, part of the Dal gCais tribal group, based in Clare and North Tipperary; the O Muirthile, based around Kilbritain in west Cork; and the OhIarlatha, from the district of Ballyvourney, also in Cork, whose name is more usually anglicised "(O')Herlihy". The principal concentrations of Hurleys are today found in counties Tipperary and Limerick, where they spread from the original Dalcassian homeland, and in Cork. An interesting example of the pseudo-translation of surnames is found in Clare, where some whose name was originally Hurley have now become "Commane", since the Irish for the hurley-stick used in the sport of hurling is caman