Male, Mythology, Nature, Proto-Indo-European, Surname names


Foyle comes from an English surname which seems to derive from French fouille meaning “excavation”, originating as a locational name for someone who lived near a pit or man-made hollow.

Foyle is also the name of a river in Ireland which seems to be derived from Feabhal, the name of the father of Bran mac Feabhail (Bran son of Febail), a figure from Irish mythology who embarks on a quest to the underworld, and a name I couldn’t find much of a meaning behind; though I’ve also the River Foyle listed as possibly meaning “lip of the estuary”.

Origin: Proto-Indo-European

Meaning: “excavation” as a English surname; as an Irish place-name it may be derived from Irish Feabhail, or possibly meaning “lip of the estuary”

Usage: English, Irish

Nicknames: Foy


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