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Foyle Name Meaning

English and Scottish: topographic name for someone who lived near a pit or man-made hollow, from Old French fouille ‘pit’. The pit in question could have been a lime pit, a clay pit, or an excavation designed to receive refuse. There are several minor places in England named with this word, as for example Foyle Farm in Oxted, Surrey, and in some instances the surname may be a habitational name derived from one of these rather than directly from the physical feature.

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

Similar surnames: Hoyle, Sole, Fosse, Hole, Folley, Royle, Fowle, Fonte, Foye, Royse

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Foyle Family Origin

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Foyle Family Occupations

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In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Foyle. A less common occupation for the Foyle family was Blacksmith. The most common Foyle occupation in the USA was Farmer. 26% of Foyle's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Blacksmith


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Foyle Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 18,000 census records available for the last name Foyle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Foyle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Foyle. 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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Draft Card

There are 1,000 military records available for the last name Foyle. For the veterans among your Foyle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Foyle Life Expectancy

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Between 1962 and 2004, in the United States, Foyle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1965, and highest in 1977. The average life expectancy for Foyle in 1962 was 56, and 77 in 2004.

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