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The Anglo- Norman Conquest of Ireland lead by Strongbow introduced the first non-Gaelic elements into Irish nomenclature. These Anglo- Normans brought some traditions to Ireland that were not readily found within Gaelic system of hereditary surnames. One of the best examples of this is the local surname. Local surnames, such as Foyle, were taken from the name of a place or a geographical feature where the person lived, held land, or was born. These surnames were very common in England, but were almost non-existent within Ireland previous to the conquest. The earliest surnames of this type came from Normandy, but as the Normans moved, they often created names in reference to where they actually resided. Therefore, some settlers eventually took names from Irish places. Originally, these place names were prefixed by de, which means from in French. This type of prefix was eventually either made a part of the surname, if the place name began with a vowel, or was eliminated entirely. The Foyle family originally lived near a pit, an excavation, or a manmade hollow. The surname Foyle is derived from the Old French word "fouille," which means "pit." This is a derivative of the verb "fouillir," which means "to dig up" or "to excavate." This pit may have been a lime-pit or clay-pit or a hole in to which refuse was thrown. The surname Foyle belongs to the large category of Anglo-Norman habitation names, which are derived from pre-existing names for towns, villages, parishes, or farmsteads.

Foyle Early Origins



The surname Foyle was first found in Hampshire, where they held a family seat from ancient times, some say they were granted lands by William the Conqueror after his conquest of England in 1066, and the name is believed to be derived from the French Fouille, "an excavation."

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Foyle Spelling Variations


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Foyle Spelling Variations



Church officials and medieval scribes spelled names as they sounded; therefore, single person, could have his name spelt many different ways during their lifetime. While investigating the origins of the name Foyle, many spelling variations were encountered, including: Foyle, Foile, Foille, Foylle and others.

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Foyle Early History


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Foyle Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Foyle research. Another 287 words (20 lines of text) covering the years 1172 and 1664 are included under the topic Early Foyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Foyle Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Foyle Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Foyle Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Ireland's Great Potato Famine left the country's inhabitants in extreme poverty and starvation. Many families left their homeland for North America for the promise of work, freedom and land ownership. Although the Irish were not free of economic and racial discrimination in North America, they did contribute greatly to the rapid development of bridges, canals, roads, and railways. Eventually, they would be accepted in other areas such as commerce, education, and the arts. An examination of immigration and passenger lists revealed many bearing the name Foyle:

Foyle Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Foyle who settled in Philadelphia in 1836
  • John Foyle, who arrived in New York in 1836
  • Michael Foyle, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1848
  • Samuel Foyle settled in Philadelphia in 1873
  • John Foyle arrived in Philadelphia in 1877

Foyle Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Edward Foyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • John Foyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • Caroline Foyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848
  • Fanny Foyle arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "David Malcolm" in 1848

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Contemporary Notables of the name Foyle (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Foyle (post 1700)



  • Christina Foyle, Chief Executive Officer of W. & G. Foyle Limited, Foyle's Literary Luncheons
  • Martin John Foyle (b. 1963), in Salisbury Wiltshire is a former British football player
  • Adonal David Foyle (b. 1975), in Canouan, St. Vincent and the Grenadines is a National Basketball Association player

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    2. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
    3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
    4. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
    5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
    6. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
    7. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    8. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    9. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
    10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
    11. ...

    The Foyle Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Foyle 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 17 March 2014 at 07:31.

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