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About the study

I started the Hally One-Name Study on 28th November 2013 and my feet have not touched the ground since. I have always been very curious about the name as it is very uncommon in Ireland and is mostly concentrated in counties Tipperary and Waterford. Although this is a worldwide study, to begin with I have been concentrating on Ireland. With my research in Ireland now almost complete I will move on to the United Kingdom by the end of 2015 and after that the USA.

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Name origin

The origin is at present unknown.

Distribution of the name

In the 1911 Ireland census, from a national total of 536 people named Hally or Halley, Waterford had 226 (42.16%) and Tipperary 225 (41.98%) with the next highest concentration 29 (5.41) being in Kilkenny. There is also a large concentration of Hallys in Scotland but as yet I don't know if they are related to the Irish Hallys.