Last name: Doyle

This famous surname is one of the most ancient names of Ireland. Numerically, with some twenty thousand nameholders, it is also one of the most popular, being twelfth in the table of numerical strength of Irish surnames. Originally the Clan Doyle, derived from the pre 10th century Gaelic 'Dhubh-ghall' (The dark stranger) was found mostly in the counties of South-East Leinster, (Wicklow, Wexford and Carlow) and surprisingly it largely remains so today, the name being rare in other regions. There is a traditional belief that the ancestor who gave his name to the family was a descendant of one of the Norsemen who settled in Ireland in pre-Norman times, and this is probably partly true. However if the original nameholders were dark, this suggests that a more likely explanation is that they were either 'Celts' (Olde English fleeing the Anglo-Saxon invaders of Northern England), or possibly Danes, who were much darker than the Norsemen, and who had established themselves in Ulster, the West of Scotland, and the Isle of Man. The surname is not included in the 'Gaelic Genealogies' which supports the view of 'Viking' entry. Be that as it may, the 'Doyle's', the clan is never known as O' Doyle, have made their mark on Irish history, and particularly in the Catholic Church. The Scottish form of Doyle is (Mac) Dougall, and this name was also used in the same way as a byname distinguishing darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. The best-known bearer of the name is probably Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, (1859 - 1930), the creator of Sherlock Holmes, whilst an outstanding churchman was J K L Doyle, Bishop of Kildare (1786 - 1834). The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of O'Dubhghaill, which was dated 978, in the "Annals of the Four Masters", during the reign of Brian Boru, High King of Ireland, 940 - 1014. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Vincent doyle

I'm from liverpool

Crystal Fox

My grandmother Patricia Doyle born to a boxer from Chicago last name Doyle who immigrated to US from Ireland in the 1910's. He lost his gym during the great depression and moved to California. His daughter married Harry Sheldon Dodge whose family was from Pennsylvania and immigrated to the US from Germany in the late 1800's bringing with them many superstitions. My Great Great Grandfather Dodge was a cobbler and faith healer who also played the violin.

Gerri Hobbs

My late father as born in Newbridge Co Kildare ....Michael Doyle....emigrated to London early 1950's a proud West London born with my late mother ancestry from Co Fermanagh ... Doyle heritage and proud !!

Gregory Scott doyle

I am Gregory Scott Doyle from ga

I am a Doyle.My dad is a Doyle

michael doyle

Me to my name is michael allen doyle from west Virginia

Allison Doyle

Sao is mine I live in Maryland

C. Doyle
Did anyone else notice how all the people who liked on Facebook did not have the last name Doyle?! Conspiracy!!!

s. doyle.
I'm a doyle and I'm black. With rh negative blood. So confused


Sounds like you're one of the Clan...

K. Doyle
I am currently tracing my family tree. It is difficult though so I have decided not to trace the Doyle side of the family as it would take me forever to get past my grandparents. They were both Doyle's and lived within 3 miles of each other so I have decided to trace my grandmother's mother's lineage instead! My mother told me the only name that is worse than Doyle when trying to trace your Irish family tree, is Murphy.

michael Doyle

Try the doyle clan home page in a google search

Kirsten Doyle
I am the daughter of a Doyle. His name is Keith Doyle. I live in America .

michael doyle
the 'black foreigner' meaning of doyle doesn't refer to the ethnic make-up of the viking tribe which settled in ireland, The literary meaning of Old Irish and Old Welsh Dub is normally given as "dark" or "black" however Dub can mean "gloomy" or "melancholy" in a moral sense, and has the intensive meaning of "great" or "mighty". in fairness there would have been no black people in ireland in the 900's. I would like to say to the black doyle's that you are probably descended from irish slaves who were brought to the caribbean by the english who in time intermarried with african slaves.

Badger Dubhghaill
i'm descended from the Danish vikings that settled in Leinster, now living in North West England

Paddy Doyle
My Doyle family are the best, fair-skinned, very well-to-do and regal, large holding of tilling land and livestock, 11 boys and 8 girls.

P. Doyle
I'M A DOYLE, i'm black living in Barbados. I'm Paul Doyle and another Paul Doyle came here to join me. He is white. He told me about a book ' the last Doyle'. Anybody read it? I have freckles and is OF Irish descent as well. Guiness is in my blood. Car bombs are my favorite pub drink. In NY (BRONX) there is a pub called DOYLE right next door to a surplus store called PAUL. Both stores are Irish owned and both signs are green and white. lol 9

michael doyle
hello paul, While there has been some historical references of Irish enslaved in colonial America the main geographical area of Irish enslavement was the Caribbean. Montserrat is one of only a handful of sovereign states that celebrate St. Patrick's day as a national holiday. This is due to the large percentage of Irish descendants in the population. In fact, most Montserratans spoke Irish Gaelic until early 1900s. During the Cromwellian campaign in Ireland many Irish rebels and stubborn landowners and tenants were rounded up and sent to the Caribbean to work alongside African slaves on English owned plantations. Jamaica also received a sizeable proportion of Irish slaves. The Jamaican and Caribbean accents are believed to have originated from the Irish accent. It is far from uncommon to see street names with Irish surnames

Naomi Doyle
As an example, the African slave trade was just beginning during this same period. It is well recorded that African slaves, not tainted with the stain of the hated Catholic theology and more expensive to purchase, were often treated far better than their Irish counterparts. African slaves were very expensive during the late 1600s (50 Sterling). Irish slaves came cheap (no more than 5 Sterling). If a planter whipped or branded or beat an Irish slave to death, it was never a crime. A death was a monetary setback, but far cheaper than killing a more expensive African. The English masters quickly began breeding the Irish women for both their own personal pleasure and for greater profit. Children of slaves were themselves slaves, which increased the size of the master’s free workforce. Even if an Irish woman somehow obtained her freedom, her kids would remain slaves of her master. Thus, Irish moms, even with this new found emancipation, would seldom abandon their kids and would remain in servitude. In time, the English thought of a better way to use these women (in many cases, girls as young as 12) to increase their market share: The settlers began to breed Irish women and girls with African men to produce slaves with a distinct complexion. These new “mulatto” slaves brought a higher price than Irish livestock and, likewise, enabled the settlers to save money rather than purchase new African slaves.

S. Doyle
Now I know what they meant by the term Black Irish

Brenda Cantillano, nee Malone
Naomi, really interesting your reply I'm quite well informed on the history side but I didnt know that part and thank you for the info, regards

I'm a Doyle obviously by my name but I don't know a lot with my mums side but my mums mum was a crouch and they were Irish while my mums dad is a Doyle and is German

Naomi doyle
I'm a Doyle lol

Naomi Doyle
I am also a Doyle :P and Doyles are great breeders lol

Henry Richard Doyle
Anybody know how you can find your family tree without it costing you a bomb. If you are joe rowland its no problem but i can hardly spell let alone write a best seller like henry trotter?

Brenda Cantillano
Henry, you can trace your family tree on internet but you have to pay as you go. It starts quite cheeply but gets more expensive as you go along and by the second or third stage you are up into the hundreds of pounds. You can also check it through Somerset House in UK, they also charge but you need to know quite a lot about your own family roots, its worth while doing it but nothing is free these days unfortunately!!!!

Henry Richard Doyle
In Doyle and wonder who were my ancestors were and from wence they came. Trouble is to find out its i think about a ton per link

I'm a Doyle rellie from way back and I am white and in NZ and want help tracing my Irish family from Dublin.. we have a site in New Zealand called Trademe and there's lost of us there looking for our rellies on their community board also another site is and that's totally free come find you NZ rellies :)

kenny doyle
im doyle and im black and all my 13 cousins and aunts and children lol

Where are from Kenny? Im researching the history of Irish slaves to write articles.

Dagney Ann Doyle
Weird Moment when u get bored and google your last name...

Foster Dieter
I have the last name of DOYL in my family and im white.

Dagney Ann Doyle
Hey, I'm a Doyle, and I'm white lol

Nasan O'Dubhghaill
large amounts of blood when congealed and dehydrated turn a red so dark it could be said to be black, try it with your own :)

its because their skin was dark because they were black people yes you have black blood

There are many white doyles and many black doyles for a number of reasons. The original Doyles were Darker skinned because of their environment. For many hundreds of years they where predominately whiter skinned until being interbred with Africans and dispersed among the carribean and Americas. Its time to dispel rumours and be proud of your heritage no matter what colour you are!

justin doyle
We all are DOYLE's I'm white my grandama was white with red hair same with the rest of that side of doyles I have ddark hair and dark eyes I guess what I'm tring to say is there is a lot of last names with different races in it so does it really matter

Alice Carroll
I was told that the Danes were called dark stranger (dubh-ghaill) because of their armour. The Norse were called (fionn-ghaill) fair stranger (armour? / lack of armour). I don't think the Danes or Norse would have too much difference in hair colour. When the Irish used terms like dark/black it could be meaning evil or bad not necessarily hair colour eg blackguard which means a wicked or evil person.

Marie-Claire (Mari) Doyle
I had heard the same thing about the dark armor. I'm a Doyle and proud of it. My hair is blonde, but most of the family were redheads. We are strong minded and have common sense. My grandparents came from Rathdrum, Wicklow, Ireland and emigrated to Canada in 1872. How do I know? Only knew that my Doyle family was buried in Montreal. Contacted the cemetery and they sent me a list of names. I ordered each death certificate @ $10.00 ea. The search progressed from there on, but I never paid them a penny. Use their search with as much info from the death certificates names. Hope this helps some of you Doyle clan.