Boyle Name History

Boyle Name History


Boyle is an Irish and Scottish surname of Gaelic or Norman origin. In the northwest of Ireland it is one of the most common family names. The name was first recorded as O'Baoighill in County Donegal, but there are also Boyles who descend from the Norman family, de Boyville. Boyles who come from the Ulster province are believed to descend from King Maoldun Baoghal. Most anciently of County Donegal, the O Boyles were chiefs of the three Tuaths (meaning 'country, tribe' etc.) in northwest Donegal.

Spelling variations of Boyle include O'Boyle, O'Baoighill, Boile, Boghill, Baole, Beoghal, Boyall, Boal, and others.Ó Baoighill- anglicised Boyle, O Boyle. The root word is probably 'pledge' or 'baigell' meaning 'profitable pledges'.

The Boyle Coat of Arms

The Boyle coat of arms is a dramatic field of gold with one green oak tree with spreading roots. The tree in Irish heraldry is a symbol of strength and age. 

Learn more about the Boyles

The Framed Irish Family Name History, (#1760) has more information on the Boyle surname. There is a wide selection of Boyle coat of arms products at The Irish Rose. Please visit the Irish Coat of Arms page.

Visit Boyles of Slane's websiteFind Boyle's Pubs in Ireland

There is more than one Boyle's Pub in Ireland. If you're planning a trip make sure to visit your namesake public house.

Here are two fine establishments that bear the Boyle name:

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