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.
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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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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 
John J. McNeeley, aged 48, who arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glenlyon" from Saint Nazaire, France 
Gertrude McNeeley, aged 39, who arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Glenlyon" from Constantinople 
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. 
Austin Mc Neeley, aged 16, who arrived in New York, NY in 1920 aboard the ship "Asquam" from Ramallo via Montevideo,Rio,St.Thomas