The story of the McNeacail family stretches back through time to the Viking settlers who populated the rugged shores of Scotland
in the Medieval era. The name McNeacail was derived from from the personal name
McNeacail is a patronymic
surname, which belongs to the category of hereditary surnames
. The surname McNeacail arose out of the religious naming tradition. In Christian countries, the name Nicholas was popular, owing to the legends surrounding the 4th century Lycian bishop of that name. In Catholic countries in particular, this religious figure was revered. This accounts for its popularity as a surname in Scotland
. The name Nicholas came from the Greek, Nikolaos,
which means conqueror of the people.
, the earliest bearers of the surname McNeacail lived on the Isle of Skye
, which is located on the western coast.
Early Origins of the McNeacail family
The surname McNeacail was first found in on the Isle of Skye
, where the first on record was Ottar Snaekollson who was the Chief of the MacNichols and attended the Council of Chiefs, held by MacDonald, Lord of the Isles, at Finlaggan on the Island of Islay
about 1240. One of the first records of the name in Scotland
was Maucolum fiz Nicol, who rendered homage to King Edward I
in 1296 and the Nicholsons of Skye
have Englished their name from Macnicol. CITATION[CLOSE]
Black, George F., The Surnames of Scotland Their Origin, Meaning and History. New York: New York Public Library, 1946. Print. (ISBN 0-87104-172-3)
Early History of the McNeacail family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeacail research.Another 229 words (16 lines of text) covering the years 1263, 1500, 1607, 1645, 1718, 1694, 1718, 1655, 1727, 1655, 1728, 1694, 1698, 1698, 1705, 1713, 1720 and 1725 are included under the topic Early McNeacail History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
McNeacail Spelling Variations
Standards used to judge the accuracy of spellings and translations did not yet exist in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations
in names dating from that era, are thus, an extremely common occurrence. McNeacail has been recorded as MacNichol, MacNicol, MacNicoll, Nicolson, Nicholson, MacNicholas, MacNickle, MacNickel, MacNickell, MacNiccol, MacNychole and many more.
Early Notables of the McNeacail family (pre 1700)
Notable amongst the Clan
from early times was James Nicolson (d. 1607), Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland
& Bishop of Dunkeld; Thomas Joseph Nicolson (1645-1718), a Roman Catholic bishop, Vicar Apostolic of Scotland
(1694-1718); William Nicolson (1655-1727)... Another 41 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McNeacail Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the McNeacail family to Ireland
Some of the McNeacail family moved to Ireland
, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.Another 101 words (7 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 McNeacail family to the New World and Oceana
The New World was far from the oppressive regime of the old country. It was a place where there was more land than people and political and religious freedom were far easier to come by. Many Scots even got the chance to fight for their freedom in the American War of Independence
. In recent years, interest in this heritage has been generated by Clan
societies and regular highland games in North America. An examination of early immigration and passenger lists has revealed many people bearing the McNeacail name: Samuel Nicolson, who settled in New Jersey in 1664 with his wife Anne; Angus
, Ann, Archibald, Jean, John, Robert, McNicol, who all arrived in Wilmington NC in 1774.
The McNeacail Motto
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 Translation: By Generosity.