Doyle

This name, deriving from old Irish and meaning 'Dark Stranger' is given to a Danish Viking family in the two books of Edward Rutherfurd's Irish saga. The fictional Doyles - not untypical of many other families of that name - are a merchant family of Dublin and Bristol who prosper modestly in the Middle Ages, and become rich Dublin property owners in the eighteenth century Ascendancy. At the time of the Famine, Douglas Doyle is an economist with a clever daughter.




 

 

 

Did You Know?
In 1598, Queen Elizabeth ordered a banquet featuring a food source from the new world: potatoes. The royal cooks, having never prepared potatoes before, threw the veggie away and cooked the green part or eye instead, sickening the whole royal court. Elizabeth banned the vegetable. The ban was eventually lifted a few years later when potatoes gained popularity in Spain, France and Italy.




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