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

The Irish name Coyle was originally written in a Gaelic form as Mac Giolla Chomhgaill, denoting a devotee of St. Comgal.


A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Coyle include Coyle, Coyl, Coyles, M'Illhoyle, Coile, Coil, M'Coyle, O'Coyle, Coiles, Coyls, Coils, Koyle, Koyles, Koyl, Koill, Koiles, Coylle, Coylles 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 held a family seat from very ancient times.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Coyle research. Another 444 words(32 lines of text) covering the year 1641 is included under the topic Early Coyle History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 31 words(2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Coyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name Coyle to North America:

Coyle Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century

  • Edwd Coyle, who landed in Virginia in 1705

Coyle Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century

  • Hugh Coyle, who arrived in America in 1805
  • Dennis Coyle, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Francis Coyle, who landed in New York, NY in 1816
  • Catherine Coyle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817
  • Daniel Coyle, who arrived in New York, NY in 1817

Coyle Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century

  • James Winston Coyle, who landed in Alabama in 1924


  • Brian Coyle (1944-1991), American gay rights activist
  • Charlie Coyle (b. 1992), American NHL ice hockey player
  • Denise Coyle (b. 1953), American politician from New Jersey, State Legislator since 2008
  • Eric Coyle (b. 1963), American professional NFL football player
  • Frank Coyle (1886-1947), American Olympic track and field athlete
  • Harold Coyle (b. 1952), American author of war novels (Team Yankee)
  • James Coyle (1873-1921), American Roman Catholic priest
  • John Coyle (b. 1968), American speed skater
  • Michael Coyle (b. 1957), American composer
  • Rose Coyle (1914-1988), American beauty queen, Miss America 1936



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The Coyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Coyle 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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