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Mcneel Surname History


Origins Available: Irish , Scottish


Mcneel is one of the names derived from the families of the ancient Dalriadan clans of Scotland. It is derived from the personal name Neil. The Gaelic form Mac Neill translates as son of Neil.


Early Origins of the Mcneel family


The surname Mcneel was first found in on the islands of Barra, Gigha, Colonsay, and Oronsay. According to traditional records in 1049, Niall, a direct descendent of King Niall of the Nine Hostages, landed in Barra and founded the Clan MacNeill of Barra. However, another kinsman, some believe to be the younger brother of Niall named Anrothan, married a Princess of the Dalriadans, an ancient race from which sprang most of the early Scottish Kings. Legend has it that Anrothan started the MacNeill house of Colonsay through his son Torquil of Taynish. This latter branch acquired the lands of Gigha, Colonsay and Oronsay, beyond the Firth of Lorne. For the next two centuries it appears as though these two great houses were developing independently of one another.

Early History of the Mcneel family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Mcneel research.
Another 361 words (26 lines of text) covering the years 1590, 1730, 1370, 1380, 1526, 1562, 1640, 1631, 1640, 1612, 1613 and 1686 are included under the topic Early Mcneel History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Mcneel Spelling Variations


Spelling in the medieval era was a highly imprecise process. Translation, particularly from Gaelic to English, was little better. For these reasons, early Scottish names are rife with spelling variations. In various documents Mcneel has been spelled MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

Early Notables of the Mcneel family (pre 1700)


Notable amongst the Clan from early times was Nigel M'Nele, Laird of Blarekanne c. 1370-1380; Alexander Makneyll, a notary public in Edinburgh in 1526; Richard Neile (1562-1640) was an English churchman, Archbishop...
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Migration of the Mcneel family to Ireland


Some of the Mcneel family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 85 words (6 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Migration of the Mcneel family to the New World and Oceana


The hardy Scots who made the crossing settled all along the east coast of North America and in the great west that was just then opening up. At the time of the American War of Independence, many United Empire Loyalists moved north from the American colonies to Canada. Scottish national heritage became better known in North America in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic events. An examination of immigration records and passenger ship lists revealed that people bearing the name Mcneel arrived in North America very early:

Mcneel Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Archibald McNeel, who landed in Charleston, South Carolina in 1772 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  • Archibald McNeel, who arrived in Charles Town [Charleston], South Carolina in 1773

Mcneel Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Samuel McNeel, who arrived in Charleston, South Carolina in 1812 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)

Contemporary Notables of the name Mcneel (post 1700)


  • Robert McNeel, American CEO of Robert McNeel & Associates in 1980, best known for their 3D computer graphics software package named Rhinoceros 3D
  • Isaac McNeel, American businessman who built McNeel Mill, Pocahontas County, West Virginia in 1868 and was in operation until 1947; the mill is listed on the National Register of Historic Places on August 8, 1985
  • William McNeel, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1881-84
  • Raymond McNeel, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Texas, 2000
  • Paul McNeel (1803-1872), American politician, Delegate to Virginia secession convention, 1861
  • N. C. McNeel, American politician, Member of West Virginia State Senate 8th District, 1897-1900
  • Archie McNeel (1882-1926), Australian rules footballer who played for Carlton in 1905

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Citations


  1. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)


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