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BOYLE Surname Meaning & Origin:

A variant of O'BOYLE, from the Irish Ó BAOGHILL. Of uncertain derivation, but considered by most to be connected to the Irish geall, meaning "pledge" or "vain pledge," or thought to mean "having profitable pledges."

The O'Boyles were chieftains in Donegal, ruling west Ulster with the O'Donnells and the O'Doughertys. Boyles can also be found in Kildare and Offaly.

BOYLE is one of 50 common Irish surnames of modern Ireland.

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Alternate Surname Spellings:

BOYLES, O BOYLE, O BAOIGHILL, O BAOILL

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British Surname Profiler - Distribution of the Boyle Surname
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FamilySearch - BOYLE Genealogy
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BOYLE Surname & Family Mailing Lists
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References: Surname Meanings & Origins

Cottle, Basil. Penguin Dictionary of Surnames. Baltimore, MD: Penguin Books, 1967.

Menk, Lars. A Dictionary of German Jewish Surnames. Avotaynu, 2005.

Beider, Alexander. A Dictionary of Jewish Surnames from Galicia. Avotaynu, 2004.

Hanks, Patrick and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford University Press, 1989.

Hanks, Patrick. Dictionary of American Family Names. Oxford University Press, 2003.

Smith, Elsdon C. American Surnames. Genealogical Publishing Company, 1997.


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