The spelling and overall form of Irish names often vary considerably. The original Gaelic form of the name Doyill is O Dubhghaill, derived from the words dubh, which means black, and ghall, which means foreigner, or "dubhgall," which meant "dark and tall." CITATION[CLOSE]
O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Company, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4)
Early Origins of the Doyill family
The surname Doyill was first found in the counties of Wicklow
, 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. CITATION[CLOSE]
MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
Early History of the Doyill family
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Doyill Spelling Variations
In the Middle Ages many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Doyill family name revealed numerous spelling variations
, including Doyle, O'Doyle, Doyill, Doill, Doile, Doyel and others.
Early Notables of the Doyill family (pre 1700)
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Migration of the Doyill family to the New World and Oceana
saw an enormous decrease in its population in the 19th century due to immigration and death. This pattern of immigration began slowly in the late 18th century and gradually grew throughout the early portion of the 19th century. However, a dramatic increase in the country's immigration numbers occurred when the Great Potato Famine
struck in the 1840s. The early immigrants to North America were primarily destined to be farmers tending to their own plot of land, those that came later initially settled within pre-established urban centers. These urban immigrants provided the cheap labor that the fast developing United States and soon to be Canada required. Regardless of their new lifestyle in North America, the Irish immigrants to the United States and Canada made invaluable contributions to their newly adopted societies. An investigation of immigrant and passenger lists revealed many Doyills: Edward Doyle who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania as early as 1683; Eliza Doyle settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716; Elizabeth Doyle settled in Virginia in 1723.
The Doyill Motto
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.