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Boyle Name Meaning

Irish (Donegal): Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Baoighill ‘descendant of Baoigheall’ a personal name of uncertain meaning perhaps from baoth ‘rash’ + geall ‘pledge’. Scottish (of Norman origin): habitational name from Biéville near Caen Normandy formerly Boiavilla. The Boyle earls of Glasgow lords of Kelburne (Ayrshire) are descended from Adam son of Gilbert son of Richer de Boiville. In 12th-century England men named de Boiville held land in Millom and Saint Bees Cumberland and were associated with grants of land in Gloucestershire.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Doyle, Boyce, Hoyle, Bogle, Bole, Boye, Boyne, Bolle, Boyke, Moyles

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Where is the Boyle family from?

You can see how Boyle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Boyle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Boyle families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 91 Boyle families living in New York. This was about 27% of all the recorded Boyle's in USA. New York had the highest population of Boyle families in 1840.
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What did your Boyle ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Clerk were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Boyle. 12% of Boyle men worked as a Laborer and 8% of Boyle women worked as a Clerk. Some less common occupations for Americans named Boyle were Clerk and Housewife. .

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations In 1940

  • Laborer
    12%
  • Salesman
    7%
  • Farmer
    5%
  • Clerk
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Clerk
    8%
  • Stenographer
    7%
  • Teacher
    7%
  • Housewife
    5%
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Passenger Lists

There are 88,000 immigration records available for the last name Boyle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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There are 73,000 military records available for the last name Boyle. For the veterans among your Boyle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Boyle lifespan?

Between 1942 and 2004, in the United States, Boyle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1942, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Boyle in 1942 was 30, and 74 in 2004.

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