Doyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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]

Early Origins of the Doyle family

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]

Early History of the Doyle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Doyle research. Another 153 words (11 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.

Doyle Spelling Variations

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.

Early Notables of the Doyle family (pre 1700)

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United States Doyle migration to the United States +

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 [3]
Doyle Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
  • Owen Doyle, who arrived in Maryland in 1711 [3]
  • Elizabeth Doyle, who arrived in Boston, Massachusetts in 1716 [3]
  • Eliza Doyle, who settled in Boston Massachusetts in 1716
  • Thomas Doyle, who arrived in Virginia in 1717 [3]
  • Elizabeth Doyle, who settled in Virginia in 1723
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)
Doyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Lawrence Doyle, who landed in America in 1800 [3]
  • Walter Doyle, who landed in America in 1801 [3]
  • Patk Doyle, aged 20, who landed in New York, NY in 1803 [3]
  • Michael Doyle, aged 27, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [3]
  • Margaret Doyle, aged 34, who landed in New York, NY in 1804 [3]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Canada Doyle migration to Canada +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

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 [4]
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
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Australia Doyle migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Doyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mr. James Doyle, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for life, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Laurence Doyle, (b. 1762), aged 39, Irish convict who was convicted in Kilkenny, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Ms. Mary Doyle, (b. 1775), aged 26, Irish convict who was convicted in Carlow, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia, she died in 1830 [5]
  • Mr. Patrick Doyle, Irish convict who was convicted in Dublin, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • Mr. Timothy Doyle, Irish convict who was convicted in Wexford, Ireland for 7 years, transported aboard the "Atlas" on 29th November 1801, arriving in New South Wales, Australia [5]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

New Zealand Doyle migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Doyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Thomas Doyle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Cashmere" in 1851
  • Mr. Michael Doyle, (b. 1840), aged 20, Irish labourer from Dublin travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [6]
  • Mrs. Bridget Doyle, (b. 1842), aged 18, Irish settler from Dublin travelling from Bristol aboard the ship "William Miles" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st August 1860 [6]
  • Mr. John Doyle, (b. 1836), aged 26, Scottish ploughman, from Kirkcudbrightshire travelling from London aboard the ship "Queen of Mersey" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, Southland, South Island, New Zealand on 20th October 1862 [6]
  • Mr. Doyle, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Sebastopol" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st May 1863 [6]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Doyle (post 1700) +

  • Amanda Lenker Doyle, two-time American Casting Society of America Award nominated casting manager
  • Jerry Doyle (1956-2016), American talk radio host, known for his nationally syndicated talk show, The Jerry Doyle Show
  • 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) [7]
  • Laurance R. Doyle (b. 1953), American principal investigator and astrophysicist for SETI
  • Cecil J. Doyle, American fighter pilot and flying ace in the U.S. Marine Corps, during World War II, credited with 5 aerial victories
  • ... (Another 160 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Halifax Explosion
  • Master John Thomas Fred  Doyle (1908-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Mrs. Elizabeth Ann  Doyle (1885-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
  • Miss Gertrude Helen Louise  Doyle (1915-1917), Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the explosion [8]
HMAS Sydney II
HMS Repulse
  • Mr. Thomas Doyle, British Stoker Petty Officer, who sailed into battle on the HMS Repulse and survived the sinking [10]
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 [11]
RMS Lusitania
  • Mr. Michael Doyle, Irish 3rd Class passenger from County Kerry, Ireland, who sailed aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [12]
  • 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 [12]
  • Mr. Peter Doyle, Irish Leading Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
  • Mr. Joseph Doyle, English Trimmer from England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and survived the sinking [13]
  • Mr. John Doyle, Irish Fireman from Liverpool, England, who worked aboard the RMS Lusitania and died in the sinking [13]
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 [14]
  • 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 [14]
USS Arizona
  • Mr. Wand B. Doyle, American Coxswain from Kentucky, USA working aboard the ship "USS Arizona" when she sunk during the Japanese attack on Pearl Harbor on 7th December 1941, he died in the sinking [15]


The Doyle 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.


Suggested Readings for the name Doyle +

  • 362 "Patrick Doyle and Timothy Keane, Their Families and Descendants" by Clarke L. Neal.

  1. ^ O'Hart, John, Irish Pedigrees 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)
  3. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  4. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  5. ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 14th July 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/atlas
  6. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 26th March 2019). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html
  7. ^ Generals of World War II. (Retrieved 2012, January 24) John Doyle. Retrieved from http://generals.dk/general/Doyle/John_Paul/USA.html
  8. ^ Halifax Explosion Book of Remembrance | Maritime Museum of the Atlantic. (Retrieved 2014, June 23) . Retrieved from https://maritimemuseum.novascotia.ca/what-see-do/halifax-explosion/halifax-explosion-book-remembrance
  9. ^ HMAS Sydney II, Finding Sydney Foundation - Roll of Honour. (Retrieved 2014, April 24) . Retrieved from http://www.findingsydney.com/roll.asp
  10. ^ HMS Repulse Crew members. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.forcez-survivors.org.uk/biographies/listrepulsecrew.html
  11. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html
  12. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 7) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  13. ^ Lusitania Passenger List - The Lusitania Resource. (Retrieved 2014, March 6) . Retrieved from http://www.rmslusitania.info/lusitania-passenger-list/
  14. ^ Titanic Passenger List - Titanic Facts. (Retrieved 2016, July 13) . Retrieved from http://www.titanicfacts.net/titanic-passenger-list.html
  15. ^ Pearl Harbour: USS Arizona Casualties List Pearl Harbour December 7, 1941. (Retrieved 2018, July 31st). Retrieved from http://pearl-harbor.com/arizona/casualtylist.html


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