Hooligan

Origin of: Hooligan

Hooligan

A British term for a ruffian or thug dates from the late 19th century and supposedly derives from an Irish surname Hooligan, Houligan or perhaps even Houlihan. The OED gives the origin as 1898, apparently after an Irish family named Hooligan who lived in South East London and were conspicuous for ruffian behaviour.