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Doyle Family History

Doyle Name Meaning

Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Dubhghaill ‘descendant of Dubhghall’, a personal name composed of the elements dubh ‘black’ + gall ‘stranger’. This was used as a byname for Scandinavians, in particular to distinguish the darker-haired Danes from fair-haired Norwegians. Compare McDougall, McDowell.

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


Similar surnames: Hoyle, Dole, Boyle, Dooley, Doyne, Boyce, Dowie, Coyle, Toole, Dome

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Where is the Doyle family from?

You can see how Doyle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Doyle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Doyle families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 2,674 Doyle families living in Lancashire. This was about 43% of all the recorded Doyle's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Doyle families in 1891.
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What did your Doyle ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Doyle. 18% of Doyle men worked as a General Labourer and 63% of Doyle women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Doyle were Bricklayer 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 1939

  • General Labourer
    18%
  • Builders Labourer
    6%
  • Dock Labourer
    5%
  • Bricklayer
    3%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    63%
  • Domestic Servant
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
  • Housewife
    2%
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Census Records

There are 669,000 census records available for the last name Doyle. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Doyle census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 140,000 immigration records available for the last name Doyle. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 109,000 military records available for the last name Doyle. For the veterans among your Doyle ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Doyle lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Doyle life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1940, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Doyle in 1940 was 31, and 76 in 2004.

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