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

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]

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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.

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]


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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.

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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
  • Thos Doyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1717
  • Elizabeth Doyle settled in Virginia in 1723


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
  • Michl Doyle, aged 27, landed in New York, NY in 1804
  • Margt Doyle, aged 34, landed in New York, NY in 1804


Doyle Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century


  • Jane Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1750
  • Mr. Francis Drake U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784
  • Mr. Francis Drake U.E. who settled in Queensbury, York County, New Brunswick c. 1784

Doyle Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century


  • Johanna Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1807
  • Mary Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • Judy Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1823
  • Denis Doyle, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1828
  • Eleanor Doyle, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1829


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


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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  • Laurance R. Doyle (b. 1953), American principal investigator and astrophysicist for SETI
  • Major-General John Paul Doyle (1904-1988), American Director of Transportation, Headquarters US Air Force (1952-1955)
  • Brian Doyle (b. 1955), American former Major League Baseball player
  • Brian J. Doyle (b. 1950), former Press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
  • David Fitzgerald Doyle (1929-1997), American actor, best remembered for his role as detective John Bosley on the television series Charlie's Angels
  • Jack Doyle (1869-1958), American Major League Baseball player
  • Arthur Doyle (1944-2014), American jazz saxophonist, flutist, zanzithophonist and vocalist
  • 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
  • Roddy Doyle (b. 1958), Irish novelist, dramatist and screenwriter and winner of the Booker Prize in 1993
  • 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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  8. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  9. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
  10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. 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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