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

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


Just like the English language, the Gaelic language of Ireland was not standardized in the Middle Ages. Therefore, one's name was often recorded under several different spellings during the life of its bearer. Spelling variations revealed in the search for the origins of the Boyles family name include 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.


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyles 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 Boyles History in all our PDF Extended History products.


Another 259 words (18 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyles 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 Boyles to North America:

Boyles Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Daniel Boyles, who landed in Boston, Massachusetts in 1766

Boyles Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Cornelius Boyles, who arrived in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1803
  • James Boyles, who landed in New York in 1839
  • Patrick Boyles, who arrived in Tippecanoe County, Ind in 1842
  • Thomas Boyles, aged 33, landed in Missouri in 1844
  • Edward Boyles, aged 40, arrived in Mobile, Ala in 1853

Boyles Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Henry Boyles, English convict from Sussex, who was transported aboard the "Arab" on July 3, 1822, settling in Van Diemen's Land, Austraila


  • Christopher David Boyles (b. 1980), American decathlete
  • Denis Boyles, American writer and editor
  • Harlan E. Boyles (1929-2003), American politician who served as North Carolina State Treasurer (1977-2001)
  • Peter Boyles (b. 1943), American radio host in Denver, Colorado
  • Kevin Boyles (b. 1967), former Canadian Olympic volleyball player


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