McNeeley History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

The original Gaelic form of McNeeley was Mac an Fhailghigh, which is derived from the word failgheach, which means poor man.

Early Origins of the McNeeley family

The surname McNeeley was first found in counties Armagh and Monaghan (Irish: Muineachán) located in the Northern part of the Republic of Ireland in the province of Ulster, where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Important Dates for the McNeeley family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeeley research. Another 100 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1120, 1653, 1680 and 1697 are included under the topic Early McNeeley History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

McNeeley Spelling Variations

A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name McNeeley include McNally, McAnully, McAnalley, McAnally and others.

Early Notables of the McNeeley family (pre 1700)

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McNeeley migration to the United States

Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North America. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name McNeeley:

McNeeley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • J. McNeeley, aged 48, originally from Barry, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glenlyon" from Saint Nazaire, France [1]
  • John J. McNeeley, aged 48, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glenlyon" from Saint Nazaire, France [2]
  • Gertrude McNeeley, aged 39, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glenlyon" from Constantinople [3]
  • E. Mc Neeley, aged 24, who arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "General H. F. Hodges" from Haiti via Cristobal, C.Z. [4]
  • Austin Mc Neeley, aged 16, who arrived in New York, NY in 1920 aboard the ship "Asquam" from Ramallo via Montevideo,Rio,St.Thomas [5]

Contemporary Notables of the name McNeeley (post 1700)

  • Thomas William "Tom" McNeeley Jr. (1937-2011), American heavyweight boxer, active in the 1950s and 1960s, father of Peter McNeeley
  • Peter McNeeley (b. 1968), American former heavyweight boxer, best known for his 1995 fight with Mike Tyson
  • Kristofer McNeeley (b. 1974), American stage, film and television actor, known for Time of Fear (2002), Caught (2015) and Fear Runs Silent (2000)
  • Ney McNeeley, American Democrat politician, Member of North Carolina State Senate 23rd District, 1915-16
  • James H. McNeeley, American Republican politician, Postmaster at Evansville, Indiana, 1861-66
  • J. C. McNeeley, American Republican politician, Candidate for U.S. Representative from Missouri 4th District, 1918
  • Hiram McNeeley (b. 1906), American Democrat politician, Merchant; Member of Michigan State House of Representatives from Wayne County 20th District, 1955-64
  • Charlie McNeeley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Michigan, 1972
  • C. D. McNeeley, American Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Utah, 1924

Citations

  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QV-GZ8 : 6 December 2014), J. McNeeley, 18 Feb 1919; citing departure port Saint Nazaire, France, arrival port New York, ship name Glenlyon, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  2. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6QV-PZK : 6 December 2014), John J. McNeeley, 18 Feb 1919; citing departure port Saint Nazaire, France, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Glenlyon, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  3. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64N-M28 : 6 December 2014), Gertrude McNeeley, 28 Jul 1919; citing departure port Constantinople, arrival port New York, ship name Glenlyon, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  4. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CT-XZQ : 6 December 2014), E. Mc Neeley, 03 Mar 1920; citing departure port Haiti via Cristobal, C.Z., arrival port New York, ship name General H. F. Hodges, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  5. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J688-G3V : 6 December 2014), Austin Mc Neeley, 25 Mar 1920; citing departure port Ramallo via Montevideo,Rio,St.Thomas, arrival port New York, NY, ship name Asquam, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
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