A LEGACY OF LOVE TO MY FAMILY
Gail A. Boyle-Waterman
THE BOYLE-NAGLE ANCESTORS
COAT OF ARMS
"BOYLE, or O'BOYLE, is now one of the fifty most common surnames in Ireland. In Irish the name is O Baoghill, thought to be connected to the Irish geall, meaning 'pledge'. In the Middle Ages the family were powerful, sharing control of the entire northwest of the island with the O'Donnells and the O'Dohertys, and the strongest association of the family is still with Co. Donegal, where (O) Boyle is the third most numerous name in the country.
The majority of those bearing the name are of Gaelic origin, but many Irish Boyles have separate, Norman origins. In Ulster, a significant number are descended from the Scottish Norman family of de Boyville, whose name comes from the town Beauville in Normandy. The most famous Irish family of the surname were the Boyles, Earls of Cork and Shannon, descended from Richard Boyle, who arrived in Ireland from Kent in 1588." (The Little Book of Irish Clans" by John Grenham 1994, p. 9)
"RYAN is today one of the commonest surnames in Ireland. Unlike many other common surnames, however, it has one major origin, in the family of O Maoilriaghain, meaning 'descendant of a devotee of St. Riaghan'. The anglicisation 'Mulryan' began to fade as early as the seventeenth century, and is today virtually unknown. The surname first appears in the fourteenth century in the barony of Owney, on the borders of counties Limerick and Tipperary, where the O Maoilriaghain displaced the O'Heffernans. Even today the surname is highly concentrated in this area. In Carlow and adjoining areas Ryan may also derive from O Riaghain, sometimes confused with Regan. Patrick J. Ryan (1883-1964) emigrated to the U.S., won a gold medal for hammer-throwing for that country in the 1920 Olympics, and then returned to farming in Pallasgreen in Limerick." (The Little Book of Irish Clans" by John Grenham 1994, p. 57)
GRANDMA BOYLE (ANNIE MULLALY)
GRANDMA BOYLE (Annie Mullaly) is wearing her wedding dress. See her again with Grandpa Boyle in May wedding photos (I put wedding photos of our parents and grandparents in the month of May).
Grandma Boyle was 21 years old when she married Grandpa Boyle Wednesday, October 11, 1899 at St. James Church in South Deerfield, Massachusetts. She was born in ?Whateley, Massachusetts September 27, 1878 and died January 11, 1930, at age 52. Her baptismal name was Annastacia. She had one brother, John (aka) Jack.
KEANE - "Like Kane, Keane is an anglicisation of O Cathain, from a diminutive of cath, meaning 'battle'. As an anglicisation, however, it is much more common in Connacht than in Ulster, the homeland of the Kanes. This is because O Cathain arose separately as a surname in Co. Galway, where the family were a branch of the historic UiFiachra tribal grouping. Traditionally it has been believed that the prominent Clare Keanes were an offshoot of the Ulster O Cathain, but the closeness of Cloare and Galway must make this doubtful. A distinct family, the O Cein from Co. Waterford have anglicised their name as 'Kean', but without the final 'e'. The famous actors Edmund Kean (1787-1833) and his son Charles (1811-1880) were of this family." (The Little Book of Irish Clans" by John Grenham 1994,p. 33)