Origin of the word

The first use of the term is unknown, but it appeared in an 1898 London police report. One theory is that the word came from the name of an Irish hoodlum from Southwark, London named Patrick Hooligan. Another theory is that it came from a street gang in Islington named Hooley. A third theory is that it’s based on an Irish word, Hooley, which means a wild, spirited party1.

1hooley or hoolie a party, esp. a wild or lively one. Anglo-Irish slang. Perhaps a variant of the Gaelic ceilidh -Rosalind Fergusson, Shorter Slang Dictionary (New York: Routledge, 1994) 113

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