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Foyle Name Meaning

English and Irish (of Norman origin): habitational name from any of the places in Normandy called La Feuillie (from Latin folia + -ata ‘leafy place wood’) either in Seine-Maritime or Manche. According to MacLysaght it has been established in Ireland since the 13th century at first in Dublin later in Leix. English (of Norman origin): habitational name from Foyle Farm in Oxted Surrey recorded as Foyllye la Foily in 1418. A name of French origin La Foyl(y)e was partially Anglicized as the Foyl(y)e shown by early surname forms. One suggestion is that this is derived from Old French fouille ‘excavation’. While this is formally possible there is no evidence for the term in Middle English or as a placename in northern France. More likely it has the same origin and meaning as 1 above and was given by an owner of Norman descent perhaps in imitation of one of the places called La Feuillie in Normandy. English and Welsh: perhaps an Anglicized form of Voyle (see Voyles ). It could be an English spelling pronunciation of Welsh Foel or Foyl (pronounced /voil/ in Welsh) or it might be an English substitution of English /f/ for /v/ a hypercorrection of words and names where /f/ is voiced to /v/ in western dialects of English such as vox for fox.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

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

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You can see how Foyle families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Foyle family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Foyle families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1911 there were 6 Foyle families living in New Brunswick. This was about 35% of all the recorded Foyle's in Canada. New Brunswick had the highest population of Foyle families in 1911.
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What did your Foyle ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Labourer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Foyle. 50% of Foyle men worked as a Labourer. .

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Top Male Occupations In 1921

  • Labourer
  • Farmer
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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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