First name origin & meaning:
English: Small boat
First name variations: Hoit, Hoyts, Hoyce, Hoyt
Last name origins & meanings:
- English (Yorkshire and Lancashire): topographic name for
someone who lived by a depression or low-lying spot, from Old English
holh ‘hole’, ‘hollow’, ‘depression’ (see Hole).
- Irish: reduced Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Giolla
Chomhghaill, a patronymic from a personal name meaning ‘devotee of
(Saint) Comhghal’ (see McCool). Woulfe, however, traces
Hoyle (as well as MacIlhoyle and McElhill) to
Mac Giolla Choille ‘son of the lad of the wood’, which has
sometimes been translated as Woods.
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