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Doyle Coat of Arms / Irish Family Crest
Doyle: O Dubhghaill. This is ths most numerous names in Leinster. The main sept is of Norse origin,well established before the Anglo-Norman invasion.
Origins Available: English, Irish
Where did the Irish Doyle family come from? What is the Irish coat of arms/family crest? When did the Doyle family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the history of the family name?
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."
The illiterate population found in Ireland during the Middle Ages could only define their names orally. The archives that survive today demonstrate the difficulty experienced by the scribes of this period in their attempts to record these names in writing. Spelling variations of the name Doyle dating from that time include Doyle, O'Doyle, Doyill, Doill, Doile, Doyel and others.
First found in Leinster where they were seated from very ancient times.
In the 18th and 19th centuries, thousands of Irish families fled an Ireland that was forcibly held through by England through its imperialistic policies. A large portion of these families crossed the Atlantic to the shores of North America. The fate of these families depended on when they immigrated and the political allegiances they showed after they arrived. Settlers that arrived before the American War of Independence may have moved north to Canada at the war's conclusion as United Empire Loyalists. Such Loyalists were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Those that fought for the revolution occasionally gained the land that the fleeing Loyalist vacated. After this period, free land and an agrarian lifestyle were not so easy to come by in the East. So when seemingly innumerable Irish immigrants arrived during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s, free land for all was out of the question. These settlers were instead put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Whenever they came, Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Doyle or a variant listed above, including: Edward Doyle who settled in Philadelphia Pa. as early as 1683; Eliza Doyle settled in Boston Mass. in 1716; Elizabeth Doyle settled in Virginia in 1723.
Motto Translated: He conquers by fortitude.
Suggested Readings for the name Doyle
* Patrick Doyle and Timothy Keane, Their Families and Descendants by Clarke L. Neal.
Some noteworthy people of the name Doyle
* Lynn Doyle, short story writer
* Rear Admiral Alec Broughton Doyle,
* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), whose family name was created through the marriage of his grandfather John Doyle to Marianne Conan of Dublin.
* Sir Arthur Conan Doyle (1859-1930), English novelist best known as the creator of Sherlock Holmes
* John Doyle (b. 1945), Chief Justice of South Australia
* Sir John Doyle, 5th Baronet
* Richard "Dic" James Doyle, Canadian journalist, editor, and Senator
* Brigadier Richard Stanislaus Doyle, General Manager, Glenrothes New Town, Fife, Scotland.