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Neeson Surname History

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The annals of Scottish history reveal that Neeson was first used as a name by descendants of the Pictish tribe of ancient Scotland. The Neeson family lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland and England. In this case, the surname Neeson comes from the Old English word, ness, which means headland. Thus, the surname Neeson means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.

Early Origins of the Neeson family

The surname Neeson was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

Early History of the Neeson family

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Neeson Spelling Variations

During the Middle Ages, there was no basic set of rules and scribes wrote according to sound. The correct spelling of Scottish names were further compromised after many haphazard translations from Gaelic to English and back. Spelling variations of the name Neeson include Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.

Early Notables of the Neeson family (pre 1700)

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Migration of the Neeson family to Ireland

Some of the Neeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
Another 58 words (4 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 Neeson family to the New World and Oceana

Scots left their country by the thousands to travel to Australia and North America. Desperate for freedom and an opportunity to fend for themselves, many paid huge fees and suffered under terrible conditions on long voyages. Still, for those who made the trip, freedom and opportunity awaited. In North America, many fought their old English oppressors in the American War of Independence. In recent years, Scottish heritage has been an increasingly important topic, as Clan societies and other organizations have renewed people's interest in their history. An examination of passenger and immigration lists shows many early settlers bearing the name of Neeson:

Neeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry, John, Michael, Peter, Terence Neeson who, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

Contemporary Notables of the name Neeson (post 1700)

  • Bernard "Doc" Neeson OAM (1947-2014), Australian lead singer for Australian hard rock band The Angels
  • Patrick Neeson (1817-1882), Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Seán Neeson (b. 1946), Northern Ireland politician who served as leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
  • Brian Kevin Neeson (b. 1945), former New Zealand politician
  • Liam John Neeson OBE (b. 1952), Irish Academy Award, BAFTA and three-time Gold Globe nominated actor, known for his roles in Schindler's List, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and more
  • Patrick Neeson Lynch (1817-1882), Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church

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