Hurley, ó Murthuile, ó Muirthil A Gaelic surname meaning descendant of Murthuile, meaning ‘sea tide’. A sept of west Cork. Also an ó Muirrthaile sept among the Fir Sceinde of Connacht. In its anglicised form difficult to distinguish from ó hUrthuile of Knocklong in Limerick. In 1890 Hurley was numerous in Cork (86 births), it was also to be found in Waterford, Dublin and Galway. The estimated number of bearers was 6,003. In the United States it is the 807th most numerous surname with an estimated 41,250 bearers. It is numerous in the states of Delaware, and Massachusetts.
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