O'Boyle History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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

Early Origins of the O'Boyle family

The surname O'Boyle was 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.

Early History of the O'Boyle family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Boyle research. Another 187 words (13 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 O'Boyle History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

O'Boyle Spelling Variations

People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'Boyle that are preserved in archival documents are Boyle, O'Boyle, Boghill, Hill, Boile, Baoghal, Baole and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Boyle family (pre 1700)

Notable amongst the family name at this time was Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork, (1566-1643), an English settler in Ireland; The Lady Alice Boyle, Countess of Barrymore, (1607-1667) was the eldest daughter and second child of Richard Boyle, 1st Earl of Cork; Richard Boyle (c.1574-1644), Archbishop of Tuam; Michael Boyle, the younger (1609?-1702), Archbishop of Armagh; Roger Boyle (1617?-1687), an Irish Protestant churchman, Bishop of Down and Connor and...
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New Zealand O'Boyle 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:

O'Boyle Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Patrick O'Boyle, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Queen of Beauty" in 1863
  • Mr. Francis O'Boyle, (b. 1838), aged 25, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [1]
  • Miss Rose O'Boyle, (b. 1840), aged 23, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [1]
  • Miss Mary O'Boyle, (b. 1842), aged 21, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [1]
  • Mr. Patrick O'Boyle, (b. 1844), aged 19, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Huntress" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 21st April 1863 [1]
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Boyle (post 1700) +

  • Cardinal Patrick Aloysius O'Boyle (1896-1987), American prelate of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Tommy O'Boyle (d. 2000), former college football coach at Missouri State University and Tulane
  • Tommy O'Boyle (d. 2000), American college football coach
  • Patrick O'Boyle (1896-1987), American Roman Catholic archbishop and cardinal
  • Daniel "Dan" O'Boyle (d. 1933), Irish Catholic who was murdered in 1933 which ultimately led to the 1935 Belfast Riots
  • George O'Boyle (b. 1967), Northern Irish former professional footballer
  • Maeve O'Boyle (b. 1987), Scottish singer and songwriter


  1. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from http://www.yesteryears.co.nz/shipping/passlist.html


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