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Where did the Irish O'Neal family come from? What is the Irish O'Neal family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Neal family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Neal family history?Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Neal is Ó Néill, which means descendant of Niall, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion."
A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name O'Neal include O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.
First found in County Tyrone, and County Clare where O'Neill was chief of Clan Dalvy and of Tradree, a district in the barony of Inchiquinn. In the 10th century, a branch of this family went to Limerick to assist in the expulsion of the Danes. After one victorious occasion they wore green boughs in their helmets and on their horses' heads signifying their victory.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Neal research. Another 215 words(15 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1559, 1530, 1567, 1550, 1616, 1612, 1664 and 1694 are included under the topic Early O'Neal History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Neal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name O'Neal to North America:
O'Neal Settlers in the United States in the 18th Century
O'Neal Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
O'Neal Settlers in the United States in the 20th Century
The O'Neal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Neal Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.
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