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The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Doyle is O Dubhghaill, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and ghall, which means foreigner, or "dubhgall," which meant "dark and tall." [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)


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The surname Doyle was first found in the counties of Wicklow, Wexford, and Carlow. Although the name is now common throughout Ireland, it has always retained a close association with these southeastern Leinster counties. Although at least one historian gives their descent from Dubhgilla, King of Idrone in Leinster, more evidence points to descent from King Conn of the " Hundred Battles." His name comes from the hundreds of battles he fought and won, before his death in the 2nd century. It is traditionally believed that the family takes its name from a Norseman who settled in Ireland prior to the Norman Conquest; a theory that is borne out by the fact that the Doyles tended to be more concentrated in the coastal regions favored by Norse settlers. Moreover, the Gaelic word dubhghall was used in early times to refer to a Norseman or Scandinavian. With the settlement of Norsemen in various places, several distinct septs called O Dubhghail probably arose independently. [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Names written in official documents were generally spelt as they sounded, leading to the problem of one name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion in records of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname Doyle that are preserved in documents of the family history are Doyle, O'Doyle, Doyill, Doill, Doile, Doyel and others.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doyle research. Another 305 words (22 lines of text) covering the years 1786, 1834, 1873, 1917, 1797 and 1868 are included under the topic Early Doyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Another 38 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Doyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Irish families began to immigrate to British North America and the United States in the 18th century, but the greatest influx of Irish immigrants came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. The earlier settlers came to North America after a great deal of consideration and by paying relatively high fees for their passage. These settlers were primarily drawn by the promise of land. Those later settlers that came during the 1840's were trying to escape the conditions of poverty, starvation, disease, and death that had stricken Ireland. Due to the enormity of their numbers and the late date of their arrival, these immigrants primarily became hired laborers instead of homesteading settlers like their predecessors. An exhaustive search of immigration and passenger lists has revealed many Irish immigrants North America bearing the name Doyle:

Doyle Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Edward Doyle who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as early as 1683
  • Ed Doyle, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1683

Doyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Doyle, who arrived in Maryland in 1711
  • Elizabeth Doyle, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716
  • Eliza Doyle settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
  • Thomas Doyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Elizabeth Doyle settled in Virginia in 1723
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Doyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Lawrence Doyle, who landed in America in 1800
  • Walter Doyle, who landed in America in 1801
  • Patk Doyle, aged 20, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Michael Doyle, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Margaret Doyle, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1804
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Doyle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • James Doyle, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
  • James Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Darby Doyle, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Francis Drake U.E. who settled in Queensbury, York County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Doyle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1801
  • Lawrence Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1803
  • Johanna Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1807
  • Mary Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Margaret Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1816
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Doyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Doyle, a collier, arrived in Van Diemenís Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Doyle, English convict from Surrey, who was transported aboard the "Andromeda" on October 16, 1826, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Australia
  • John Doyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Dorset" in 1839
  • John Doyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Porter" in 1839
  • John Doyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Morley" in 1840
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Doyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Doyle arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
  • Matthew Doyle, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Maori" in 1864
  • John Doyle, aged 27, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Catherine Doyle, aged 25, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Bridget Doyle, aged 3, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
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  • Arthur Doyle (1944-2014), American jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist and vocalist
  • Jack Doyle (1869-1958), American Major League Baseball player
  • David Fitzgerald Doyle (1929-1997), American actor, best remembered for his role as detective John Bosley on the television series Charlie's Angels
  • Brian J. Doyle (b. 1950), former Press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • Brian Doyle (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Major-General John Paul Doyle (1904-1988), American Director of Transportation, Headquarters US Air Force (1952-1955)
  • Howard L. Doyle (b. 1894), American politician, Member of Illinois State House of Representatives 28th District, 1931-35; U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Illinois, 1935-53
  • Hugh J. Doyle, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Kentucky, 1956
  • J. G. Doyle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1908
  • Mrs. J. H. Doyle, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Tennessee, 1952
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Doyle Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Master John Thomas Fred† Doyle (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Ann† Doyle (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Miss Gertrude Helen Louise† Doyle (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

HMAS Sydney II

  • Mr. Edward Francis Doyle (1922-1941), Australian Able Seaman from Prospect, South Australia, Australia, who sailed into battle aboard HMAS Sydney II on the 19th November 1941 and died during the sinking

HMS Repulse

  • Mr. Thomas Doyle, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Michael Joseph Doyle (1958-1988), American Accountant from Voorhees, New Jersey, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died

RMS Lusitania

  • Mr. Michael Doyle, Irish 3rd Class passenger from County Kerry, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Miss Anna Doyle, Irish 3rd Class passenger residing in New York, New York, USA returning to Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Peter Doyle, Irish Leading Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking
  • Mr. Joseph Doyle, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking
  • Mr. John Doyle, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking

RMS Titanic

  • Mr. Laurence Doyle (d. 1912), aged 27, English Fireman/Stoker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
  • Miss Elizabeth Doyle (d. 1912), aged 24, Irish Third Class passenger from Bree, Wexford who sailed aboard the RMS Titanic and died in the sinking
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  • Patrick Doyle and Timothy Keane, Their Families and Descendants by Clarke L. Neal.
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Fortitudine Vincit
Motto Translation: He conquers by fortitude.

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Citations



  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
  2. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. Filby, P. William and Mary K Meyer. Passenger and Immigration Lists Index in Four Volumes. Detroit: Gale Research, 1985. Print. (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8).
  3. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
  4. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  5. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  6. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  8. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
  9. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  10. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
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The Doyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Doyle 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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