A Letter from Ireland:

The Irish Surname Doyle


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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.

If you would like to add what you know about the Doyle surname, tell the story of your Doyle family OR ask a question – please do so below in the comments section.

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.

  • pat says:

    My Ggrandfather married a Ellen Manning. Probably in the states. They had two children in Ma. They later moved to Ct. and had two children there. I can’t seem to find her gravestone. She passed somewhere between 1875- or 1880. Cannot find her in the 1880 ct. census. When I found my G. Grandfathers gravestone in Ct. it said sh
    e was buried in Worcester, Ma. When I looked up her name on line they had only one Ellen with a Nano Doyle. It said she was from Coolmagort, Co.Kery. It seems odd

    • admin says:

      Hmm – interesting Pat, there are quite a few Mannings down in West Cork and Kerry to this day. Mike

  • Teddi Miller says:

    My great grandfather was Jefferson Doyle from Norther Ireland who only had one child Helen Marie Doyle, his wife was Bertha. He lived in Washington State in the late 1800’s. I have been looking at our genealogy and can’t find much about him, his parents or siblings. All the census records show he was a immigrant from Northern Ireland but not the date he arrived. I wish I knew more, I want to embrace my Irish heritage????

  • Gerard Doyle says:

    My question is, why did the translation for Doyle mean “Black” foreigner? If there’s documentation wonderful. I am guessing, if Viking, it might mean a skin being darker than the original natives in Ireland. Or Black in that the Vikings were invaders? Thanks to any one that can shed some light on this dark matter. … 🙂

  • Robyn says:

    My great grandmother was Eliza Elizabeth Doyle and her father was John Doyle. They came from Baltinglass. We visited there when we went to Ireland a few years ago and it is absolutely beautiful. I w
    I would love to know more about the Doyle family.

    • Mike Collins says:

      Why not con consider joining us in The green Room to learn more with the assistance of our genealogists?

  • Robyn says:

    I could add a little more information about my Doyle family. Baltinglass is in County Wicklow and Eliza Elizabeth Doyle, as a young woman, travelled to Sydney, Australia as an assisted passenger. She married my great Grandfather George Charles Toogood who was an Englishman, in Sydney, NSW, and lived her life there.

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