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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


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The surname McNeil was first found in the counties Galway and Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Spelling variations of this family name include: Neely, McNeill, McNeely, McNeilly, MacNeilly, Coneely and many more.


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This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeil research. Another 373 words (27 lines of text) covering the years 1890, 1509, 1816 and 1870 are included under the topic Early McNeil History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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More information is included under the topic Early McNeil Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

McNeil Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Hector McNeil, who landed in New Jersey in 1685
  • Malcolm McNeil, who arrived in New Jersey in 1685

McNeil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Neil McNeil, who arrived in Cape Fear, North Carolina in 1718
  • Margaret McNeil, who arrived in New York in 1738
  • Mary McNeil, who landed in New York, NY in 1739
  • Dugold McNeil, who landed in North Carolina in 1739
  • Anne McNeil, who landed in New York, NY in 1740
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McNeil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McNeil, who landed in America in 1803
  • William McNeil, who landed in America in 1805
  • Jane McNeil, aged 27, landed in Maine in 1812
  • Henry C McNeil, who arrived in Texas in 1835
  • Angus McNeil, who arrived in Texas in 1835
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McNeil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Hugh McNeil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Major. McNeil U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was Passenger number 419 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Neil McNeil U.E. who settled in Carleton, [Saint John West] New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Archibald McNeil U.E. who settled in Saint Johns, New Brunswick c. 1784 he became a Freeman Mariner in 1785, was also a member of the Loyal Artillery in 1795 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  • Mr. Charles McNeil U.E. who settled in New Brunswick c. 1784 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
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McNeil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • John McNeil, who was a soldier on record in St. John's, Newfoundland in 1812
  • Robert McNeil, who arrived in Canada in 1820
  • Samuel McNeil, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Edward Reid" in 1833
  • Andrew McNeil, aged 18, landed in Quebec in 1834

McNeil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Christian McNeil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Peter McNeil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Orleana" in 1839
  • Esther McNeil, aged 28, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Jane McNeil, aged 22, a housemaid, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry"
  • Allen McNeil, aged 43, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Confiance"
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McNeil Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John McNeil, aged 45, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Catherine McNeil, aged 35, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Eliza McNeil, aged 13, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • Alexander McNeil, aged 5, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
  • John McNeil, aged 1, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Inchinnan" in 1852
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  • Brigadier-General Edwin Colyer McNeil (1882-1965), American Chairman of Board of Review, Office of the Judge Advocate-General (1936-1937)
  • Lori McNeil (b. 1963), African-American tennis coach and former professional tennis player
  • Freeman McNeil (b. 1959), former professional American football player
  • Hector McNeil PC (1907-1955), Scottish Labour politician
  • John Law McNeil, Scottish footballer
  • Shawn McNeil (b. 1978), Canadian professional ice hockey centre
  • Ronald "Ron" Keith McNeil (1920-2003), Canadian politician in Ontario
  • Muchael "Mick" McNeil (b. 1940), former English footballer
  • Moses McNeil (1855-1938), Scottish professional footballer
  • Rita McNeil CM, ONS (1944-2013), Canadian Gemini Award and three-time Juno Award winning, multi-platinum singer/songwriter from Big Pond, Nova Scotia
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McNeil Historic Events



Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. Roland  McNeil, Canadian resident from Protestant Orphanage, Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917
  • Mr. M.  McNeil, Scottish Seaman aboard the SS Curaca from Barra, Scotland, United Kingdom who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

Hillcrest Coal Mine

  • Mr. Pius McNeil (1885-1914), Canadian Miner from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia, Canada who worked in the Hillcrest Coal Mine, Alberta, Canada and died in the mine collapse on June 19 1914
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The motto was originally a war cry or slogan. Mottoes first began to be shown with arms in the 14th and 15th centuries, but were not in general use until the 17th century. Thus the oldest coats of arms generally do not include a motto. Mottoes seldom form part of the grant of arms: Under most heraldic authorities, a motto is an optional component of the coat of arms, and can be added to or changed at will; many families have chosen not to display a motto.

Motto: Per virtutem scientamque
Motto Translation: By Virtue Knowledge

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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  2. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
  3. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  4. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  5. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
  6. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  7. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
  8. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  9. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
  10. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
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The McNeil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNeil 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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