Humanities › History & Culture Origin and Meaning of the Last Name Boyle Share Flipboard Email Print Westend61/Getty Images History & Culture Genealogy Surnames Basics Genealogy Fun Vital Records Around the World American History African American History African History Ancient History and Culture Asian History European History Inventions Latin American History Medieval & Renaissance History Military History The 20th Century Women's History View More By Kimberly Powell Genealogy Expert Certificate in Genealogical Research, Boston University B.A., Carnegie Mellon University Kimberly Powell is a professional genealogist and the author of The Everything Guide to Online Genealogy. She teaches at the Genealogical Institute of Pittsburgh and the Salt Lake Institute of Genealogy. our editorial process Kimberly Powell Updated May 30, 2019 A variant of O'BOYLE, from the Irish Ó BAOGHILL. Of uncertain derivation, but the Boyle last name is 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, as well as the 84th most popular last name in Scotland. Surname Origin: Irish, Scottish Alternate Surname Spellings: BOYLES, O BOYLE, O BAOIGHILL, O BAOILL Clan Boyle: Clan Boyle in Scotland originated with Anglo-Norman knights bearing the de Beauville or, more commonly, de Boyville name from Beauville, near Caen. They are believed to have arrived in Scotland after the Norman conquest of England in 1066. There is a record of a David de Boivil witnessing a charter as early as 1164. Originally, the name was confined to the south-west of Scotland where it was pronounced "bowl." The surname spelling also changed over time, with the shortened variant Boyll appearing in 1367 and Boyle in 1482. The land surrounding Kelburn Castle in Ayrshire has been the home of Clan Boyle since the 13th century and is currently occupied by the 10th Earl of Glasgow, Patrick Robin Archibald Boyle. The Boyle clan motto is Dominus provedebit which means "God will provide." A branch of the Boyles from Kelburn became established in Ireland and eventually became the Earls of Cork. Richard Boyle (1566–1643), the 1st Earl of Cork, was Lord Treasurer of the Kingdom of Ireland. Famous People with the BOYLE Last Name: Robert Boyle - Irish born scientist, and 7th son of Richard Boyle, Earl of CorkT.C. Boyle - American writer and novelistWillard S. Boyle – Canadian physicistSusan Boyle - Scottish born singer made famous by Britain's Got Talent Genealogy Resources for the BOYLE Last Name: Family Boyle Surname DNA ProjectThis free project uses results from Y-DNA testing to map individuals with the Boyle surname into different branches of the Boyle family tree. Joining the project entitles you to a discount on DNA testing. Boyle Family Genealogy ForumSearch this popular genealogy forum for the Boyle last name to find others who might be researching your ancestors, or post your own Boyle surname query. DistantCousin.com - BOYLE Genealogy & Family HistoryExplore links to databases and genealogical resources for the Boyle last name. Looking for the meaning of a given name? Check out First Name MeaningsCan't find your last name listed? Suggest a surname to be added to the Glossary of Surname Meanings & Origins. Sources 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.