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The age-old Hebrides islands and the west coast of Scotland are the ancestral home of the McNeal family. Their name comes from the personal name Neil. The Gaelic form Mac Neill translates as son of Neil.

McNeal Early Origins



The surname McNeal 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.

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McNeal Spelling Variations


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McNeal Spelling Variations



Medieval spelling was at best an intuitive process, and translation between Gaelic and English was no more effective. These factors caused an enormous number of spelling variations in Dalriadan names. In fact, it was not uncommon to see a father and son who spelled their name differently. Over the years, McNeal has been spelled MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

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McNeal Early History


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McNeal Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeal research. Another 721 words (52 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 McNeal History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNeal Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNeal Early Notables (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...

Another 32 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early McNeal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNeal In Ireland


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McNeal In Ireland



Some of the McNeal family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 157 words (11 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



Scottish settlers arrived in many of the communities that became the backbones of the United States and Canada. Many stayed, but some headed west for the endless open country of the prairies. In the American War of Independence, many Scots who remained loyal to England re-settled in Canada as United Empire Loyalists. Scots across North America were able to recover much of their lost heritage in the 20th century as Clan societies and highland games sprang up across North Ameri ca. Early immigration and passenger lists have documented some of the first McNeals to arrive on North American shores:

McNeal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Arthur McNeal, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Captain McNeal, who arrived in Boston in 1764
  • Charles McNeal, who arrived in New York in 1797

McNeal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas McNeal, aged 25, arrived in New York in 1812
  • John McNeal, who landed in Washington County, Pennsylvania in 1820
  • Henry C McNeal, who landed in Texas in 1835
  • James McNeal, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870
  • William McNeal, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1870

McNeal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. John 1 McNeal U.E. who settled in Eastern District [Cornwall], Ontario 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

McNeal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • William McNeal arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Daniel O'Connell" in 1834

McNeal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Agnes McNeal arrived in Lyttelton, New Zealand aboard the ship "Blairgowrie" in 1875

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNeal (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNeal (post 1700)



  • Clyde Clifton "Junior" McNeal (1928-1996), American professional baseball shortstop in the Negro Leagues
  • John Harley "Harry" McNeal (1878-1945), American Major League Baseball pitcher who played for the Cleveland Bluebirds during the 1901 season
  • Lutricia McNeal (b. 1973), American R&B/pop singer
  • Bryant McNeal (b. 1979), American NFL defensive end
  • Don McNeal (b. 1958), former American professional NFL football player
  • Reginald "Reggie" Parrish McNeal (b. 1983), American-born, Canadian Football League (CFL) quarterback
  • Robert Hatch McNeal (b. 1930), American historian and author
  • Robert "Bobby" McNeal (1891-1956), English footballer who played for the England National Team in 1914

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Motto


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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: Vincere vel mori
Motto Translation: To conquer or die.


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McNeal Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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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. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  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, 1968. Print.
  3. Fairbairn,. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  5. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Peerage and Baronetage, The Privy Council, Knightage and Compainonage. London: Burke Publishing, 1921. Print.
  7. Browne, James. The History of Scotland it's Highlands, Regiments and Clans 8 Volumes. Edinburgh: Francis A Niccolls & Co, 1909. Print.
  8. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
  9. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  10. Warner, Philip Warner. Famous Scottish Battles. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1996. Print. (ISBN 0-76070-004-4).
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The McNeal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNeal 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.

This page was last modified on 15 August 2016 at 06:40.

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