Last name: HARTLEY

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HARTLEY : This last name is indexed 251,711 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

HARTLEY : 1: English (Lancashire and Yorkshire): habitational name in northern England mainly from Hartley in Rochdale parish (Lancashire) but also from any of the places called Hartley in Westmorland and the West Yorkshire. In southern England it derives Hartley in Devon Hampshire and Kent and from Hartleigh in Devon. Similar placenames occur in Berkshire Dorset and Northumberland but it is not known if they gave rise to surnames. Most of the placenames derive from Old English heorot ‘hart stag’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’ though the Westmorland placename comes from Old English heard ‘hard’ + clā ‘claw tongue of land’ and the Northumberland placename derives from Old English heorot + hlāw ‘mound hill’.2: Irish: shortened Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hArtghaile ‘descendant of Artghal’ a personal name composed of the elements Art ‘bear’ or ‘hero’ + gal ‘valor’.

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