The surname Henley is found in England and Ireland and is of habitational origin deriving from any of the various places so called. Most, for example those in Oxfordshire, Suffolk, and Warwickshire, are named with Old English héan meaning “high” and the Old English term leah meaning “a wood or a clearing.” In Ireland the name Henley is an anglicized form of Gaelic Ó hIonnghaile, from a variant of the personal name Fionnghal. The name is common in county Mayo in the west of Ireland. Aa notable bearer is William Ernest Henley the noted 19th Century British author and critic.
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