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Where did the Irish Boyle family come from? What is the Irish Boyle family crest and coat of arms? When did the Boyle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the Boyle family history?

The Irish surname Boyle comes from the Irish Gaelic O Baoighill, possibly derived from the earlier Irish word "baigell," which meant "having profitable pledges."

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Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Boyle revealed many variations, including Boyle, O'Boyle, Boghill, Hill, Boile, Baoghal, Baole and many more.

First found in Donegal (Irish: Dún na nGall), northwest Ireland in the province of Ulster, sometimes referred to as County Tyrconnel, where they were descended from King Maoldun Baoghal (meaning "peril") of the Heremon line of Irish Kings.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyle research. Another 373 words(27 lines of text) covering the years 1164, 1296, 1078, 1588, 1643, 1566, 1643, 1607, 1667, 1574, 1644, 1609, 1702, 1617, 1687, 1639, 1694, 1621, 1679, 1646, 1682, 1612, 1698, 1623 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Boyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 259 words(18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Boyle or a variant listed above, including:

Boyle Settlers in the United States in the 17th Century


  • Naamy Boyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1622
  • Christopher Boyle settled in Virginia in 1645
  • Ann Boyle, who landed in Virginia in 1657
  • Elizth Boyle, aged 21, landed in New York in 1664

Boyle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century


  • Alexander Boyle, who landed in Virginia in 1716
  • Benjamin Boyle who settled in New Hampshire in 1718
  • Margaret Boyle, who arrived in New England in 1718
  • Baltzer Boyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1761
  • Henry Boyle, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1765


Boyle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century


  • Irwin Boyle, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • Jas Boyle, who landed in America in 1805
  • Bernard Boyle, who landed in America in 1810
  • Catherine Boyle, who landed in Baltimore Maryland in 1811
  • Peter Boyle, who landed in America in 1811


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  • Joseph C Boyle (1888-1972), American film director
  • Kay Boyle (1902-1992), American short-story writer, novelist and poet
  • Thomas Coraghessan "TC" Boyle (b. 1948), American novelist and short story writer awarded the PEN/Faulkner award in 1988
  • Lara Flynn Boyle (b. 1970), American film and television actress
  • Peter Lawrence Boyle (1935-2006), award-winning American actor
  • Robert Francis Boyle (1909-2010), American art director and production designer awarded an Honorary Academy Award in recognition of one of cinema's great careers in art direction
  • Major-General Leo Martin Boyle (1899-1969), American Adjutant-General of Illinois (1940-)
  • Sir Dermot Boyle (1903-1993), Irish Marshall of the Royal Air Force, Chief of the Air Staff (1956–1959)
  • Charles Boyle (1676-1731), Irish Jacobite soldier and 4th Earl of Orrery
  • Earl John Boyle (1707-1762), Irish writer/5th Earl of Cork and Orrery

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  • The Boyle-Bole-Boles Descendants of James Boyle of Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania by David Boles.
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The Boyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Boyle Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

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