This interesting name, found both in Scotland and Ireland has two distinct origins. The Scottish surname Boyle is of Norman French origin and is locational from Boyville, (Boeville or Beauville) near Caen, France, and not generally found outside Ayrshire and Wigtownshire, where it is pronounced "Bole". In this instance, McBoyle is the patronymic form, the "m(a)c" denoting son of (Boyle). The early recordings of this name usually appear as Boyville, for example William de Boyville (1280) Henry de Boyville (1291).In the course of time the pronunciation of the name became one syllable written in 1362 as Boyll, as Boyle in 1482. The Irish surname is from the Gaelic "O' Baofhail", meaning pledge and Anglicized as Boghill, Boyle and Hill, and is generally found as O' Boyle. In New Deer Aberdeen, on March 18th 1858 one John McBoyle, son of Joseph McBoyle and Eliza Mackie, was christened. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of David de Boiuil (witness), which was dated 1164 - 1174, Melrose, Scotland, during the reign of King Malcolm 1V, 1153 - 1165. 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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