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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The Boyles surname in Scotland is of Norman origin, thought to have derived from one of the place names such as Boyville, Boeville, and Beauville.

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Spelling variations of this family name include: Boyle, Boyles, de Boyville and others.

First found in Ayrshire (Gaelic: Siorrachd Inbhir Àir), formerly a county in the southwestern Strathclyde region of Scotland, that today makes up the Council Areas of South, East, and North Ayrshire, where the de Boyvilles are said to have settled in Kelburn by 1140. The first record found of the name in Scotland is of a David de Boivil witnessing a charter as early as 1164.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Boyles research. Another 343 words (24 lines of text) covering the years 1200, 1280, 1291, 1296, 1488, 1699, 1703, 1745, 1747, 1566, 1643, 1607, 1667, 1639, 1694, 1772, 1853, 1621, 1679, 1627, 1691, 1566, 1643, 1588, 1620, 1629, 1627 and 1691 are included under the topic Early Boyles History in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Another 207 words (15 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Boyles Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the Boyles family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 311 words (22 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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

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  • 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 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: Dominus provedebit
Motto Translation: God will provide

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  2. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
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  5. Samuelsen, W. David. New York City Passenger List Manifests Index 1820 - 1824. North Salt Lake, Utah: Accelerated Indexing Systems International, 1986. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Skene, William Forbes Edition. Chronicles of the Picts, Chronicles of the Scots and Other Early Memorials of Scottish History. Edinburgh: H.M. General Register House, 1867. Print.
  9. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  10. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
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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.

This page was last modified on 8 January 2015 at 12:49.

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