This name is probably job descriptive or possibly occupational descriptive and may refer to a person who took part in a particularly violent pastime called "Hurlebatte". Precisely what form this "sport" took is not clear, but presumably it was a form of tournament, as the equipment included a two handed Sword, a bokelre (a shield) and two pipe staff. The name is well recorded as Hurler (1565, Norfolk), and as Horler in 1680 and Horller in 1725. The "hurlebatte" is first recorded in the Middle English Dictionary based upon 1450 in the reign of King Henry VI 1422 - 1416. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Anthony Horlor. which was dated 1653, who married Hannah Johnson at St. Georges Mayfair, London. during the reign of King George 11, known as the Last Warrior King, 1727 - 1760. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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