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Where did the Irish O'Neill family come from? What is the Irish O'Neill family crest and coat of arms? When did the O'Neill family first arrive in the United States? Where did the various branches of the family go? What is the O'Neill family history?Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name O'Neill 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'Neill 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'Neill 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'Neill History in all our PDF Extended History products.
Another 157 words(11 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Neill Notables in all our PDF Extended History products.
Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name O'Neill:
O'Neill Settlers in the United States in the 19th Century
The O'Neill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The O'Neill 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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