Doyle is a surname of Irish origin. The name is a Anglicisation of the Gaelic Ó Dubhghaill, meaning "descendant of Dubhghall". The personal name Dubhghall contains the elements dubh "black" + gall "stranger".[1] Similar Scottish and Irish surnames, derived from the same personal name are: MacDougall / McDougall and MacDowell / McDowell.[1]

During the Viking Age the term Dubhghoill was used to describe the Vikings—usually Danes—and the term Fionnghoill ("fair foreigners") was used to describe Norwegians.[2] It is commonly held that these terms were used to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians.[1] Later, Fionnghall was used to describe Scottish Gaels from the Hebrides, and sometimes the Hiberno-Normans (or "Old English"). The most common term for the Hiberno-Normans was Seanghoill ("old foreigners") to difference themselves from the Dubhghoill the "new foreigners" or "dark foreigners" who came to Ireland during Tudor conquest of Ireland.[2]

The name Doyle is not found in any of the old genealogies, like other prominent Irish families. This has led many to maintain that the Doyles are of somewhat recent origin in Ireland. Doyle is one of the 20 most common surnames in Ireland. In consequence it is thought that there may be several different specific origins for the name. Doyles found in Ulster may be of Scottish descent, as the name was used for MacDowell. In the 20th century the principal locations for the surname were in Dublin, Wexford, Wicklow, Carlow, Kerry and Cork.[3]

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  • Brian Doyle (b. 1955), former Major League Baseball player
  • Brian Doyle (b. 1935), Canadian writer
  • Brian Doyle-Murray (b. 1945), American actor and writer
  • Brian J. Doyle (b. 1950), former Press secretary for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security




  • Eamon Doyle (b. 1983), American R&B singer
  • Ed Doyle (b. 1935), former Canadian politician
  • Eddie Doyle (1897-1948), Irish hurler
  • Eddie Doyle (American football) (1898-1942), American football player
  • Edward Doyle, Irish Labour Party politician


  • Francis Hastings Doyle (1810-1888), British poet
  • Frank Doyle (ice hockey) (b. 1980), Canadian ice hockey player
  • Frank Doyle (writer) (1917-1996), American comic writer
  • Frank Doyle (politician) (1922-1984), Australian politician




  • Jack Doyle (1913-1978), Irish boxer
  • Jack Doyle (1869-1958), Major League Baseball player
  • Jacob Doyle (1855-1941), Major League Baseball player
  • James Doyle (disambiguation), several people including:
    • James Edward Doyle (1915-1987), United States federal judge
    • James S. Doyle (b. 1935), American journalist
  • Jean Conan Doyle (1912-1997), daughter of Arthur Conan Doyle
  • Jeff Doyle (b. 1955), American author
  • Jeff Doyle (b. 1956), former Major League Baseball player
  • Jerry Doyle (b. 1956), American talk radio host
  • Jerry Doyle, former Canadian politician
  • Jim Doyle (b. 1945), American politician
  • Jim Doyle, Canadian politician
  • Jim Doyle (1881-1912), Major League Baseball player
  • Jimmy Doyle (b. 1939), Irish hurler
  • Joe Doyle (1936-2009), Fine Gael politician
  • Joe Doyle (musician) (b. 1977), Irish rock bassist
  • John Doyle (b. 1953), Australian comedian
  • John Doyle (b. 1945), Chief Justice of South Australia
  • John Doyle (b. 1966), retired American soccer player
  • John Doyle (b. 1957), Canadian TV critic
  • John Doyle (b. 1977), former Australian rugby league player
  • John Doyle, NIST radio clock announcer
  • John Doyle (1930-2010), was Irish sportsperson
  • John Doyle, British theatre director
  • John Doyle (b. 1971), Irish musician and songwriter
  • Josh Doyle, solo rock artist



  • Larry Doyle (1886-1974), Major League Baseball player
  • Larry Doyle (b' 1958), American writer
  • Laurance Doyle (b. 1953), American scientist







  • Thomas Doyle (disambiguation), several people including:
  • Tony Doyle (actor) (1942-2000), Irish actor
  • Tony Doyle (cyclist) (b. 1958), former English track cyclist


  • William Edward Doyle (1911-1986), Unoted SDtates federal judge
  • William Doyle (businessman), CEO of the Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan
  • William T. Doyle (b. 1926), American politician
  • Willie Doyle (1873-1917), Irish Jesuit priest

Fictional characters

  • Mrs Doyle, a character on the television series Father Ted
  • Allen Francis Doyle, a character on the television series Angel
  • Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle, detective played by Gene Hackman in The French Connection
  • Maggie Doyle, fictional character in the television show Blue Heelers.
  • Mike Doyle (24 character)
  • Ray Doyle, a character in The Professionals TV series.
  • Roz Doyle, a character in the comedy series Frasier
  • Corporal Seamus Doyle, Brothers in Arms character
  • Sgt. James Doyle, A character in Call of Duty: United Offensive
  • Doyle, Lt. Kellaway's sidekick from The Mask
  • Sebastian Doyle, an alter-ego of the character Dave Lister in the Red Dwarf episode "Back to Reality"
  • Jake, Malachy and Tinny Doyle, characters in the CBC television series Republic of Doyle
  • Doyle, androidian character in the television series Andromeda
  • Capt. Doyle, the character who took the place of Nikolai from the mobile phone version of Call of Duty 4: Modern Warfare


  1. ^ a b c "Doyle Name Meaning and History". Retrieved 2008-10-07. 
  2. ^ a b McLeod, Wilson (2002). Divided Gaels, Gaelic Cultural Identities in Scotland and Ireland, c.1200-c.1650. Oxford University Press. pp. 126–129. 
  3. ^ O'Laughlin, Michael C. (2002). The Book of Irish Families, Great & Small: Great & Small. Irish Roots Cafe. p. 87. ISBN 0940134098. 

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