Boyle family crest


Boyle family crest

Colors on the Boyle family crest explained

Argent (silver) - symbolises the values of peacefulness and sincerity, both of which were hugely important to the Boyles.

Or (Gold) -  signifies the historical generosity of this ancient family.

Vert (green) - represents Boyle family members loyalty in love and hope for the future



  Symbols on the Boyle family crest explained 

The tree with roots displayed - signifies a long lasting age of the Boyle family and enduring strength.

The cross - symbolizes Christ's rise from the dead to claim victory over sin. A connection to the Boyle family's early religious associations.

The sword - represents military honor and the importance of pursuing honor for the Boyle family.

The heart - symbolizes the sincere and charitable nature of family members.


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Origins of the Boyle family name

The earliest known origin of the family name Boyle is from Ireland. 

The name comes from the older Irish name 'O'Baoighill' which translates to, one who has profitable pledges.

The name was also found in Scotland and England in the middle ages.


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Summary of the Boyle family and the Boyle family crest

  • It is believed that the first Boyle family settled in Ireland in the 11th century, but was in use in Gaelic from much earlier than this.
  • The Boyle family was a powerful clan in the province of Ulster and Connacht.
  • They were granted lands in the province of Connacht by King Henry II of England.
  • The family held these lands until the 17th century, when they were dispossessed by the English Crown during the Irish Rebellion of 1641.
  • The family then migrated to County Clare in the west of Ireland, where they remained until the late 19th century.
  • In the years that followed, the Boyles held onto their land and power, even as the English began to assert their control over Ireland.
  • The family name also gained popularity in England during the 17th century, where its origin may have been used to refer to someone from a 'boggy or muddy' place. 
    • The first Boyle in America was Sir Richard Boyle, who emigrated from England in 1635.
    • He settled in Virginia and became a successful planter and politician.
    • His grandson, Colonel Richard Boyle, was a prominent figure in the American Revolution.
    • The family name has been associated with America ever since with their roots still firmly set in Ireland and middle age England.