Doyle (or O’Doyle) comes from the Irish Ó Dubhghaill (pronounced “doo-ill”). This literally translates as “Black Foreigner”. This Irish name also translates into the surname “MacDowell” which is mainly found in Ulster . The name came to Ireland with the Vikings around the 800s – 1000s. Today it is mainly found in the province of Leinster where it is very numerous.
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Remember – at Your Irish Heritage we consider an “Irish Surname” to be one that belongs in your family. It may belong to an ancestor who lived in Ireland at one stage. We consider old Gaelic, Viking, Norman and planter names to be all Irish – if they fit this criteria.
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