Anglicized form of the Irish name Dubhán or of the surname (Ó Dubháin) derived from it. Its popularity in the English-speaking world in the mid-1950s was influenced by the U.S. guitarist Duane Eddy (b. 1938).
English: 1. from the Norman personal name Hameley, a double diminutive of Hamo (see Hammond). 2. habitational name from Hamly Bridge in Chiddingly, Sussex, named from an Old English personal name Eamba + Old English lēah ‘wood’, ‘(woodland) clearing’.