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Origins Available: Irish, Scottish


The west coast of Scotland and the rocky Hebrides islands are the ancient home of the McNeilly family. The root of their name is the personal name Neil. The Gaelic form Mac Neill translates as son of Neil.

McNeilly Early Origins



The surname McNeilly 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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McNeilly Spelling Variations


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McNeilly Spelling Variations



Spelling variations were extremely common in medieval names, since scribes from that era recorded names according to sound rather than a standard set of rules. McNeilly has appeared in various documents spelled MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

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McNeilly Early History


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McNeilly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our McNeilly 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 McNeilly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNeilly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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McNeilly 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 McNeilly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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McNeilly In Ireland


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McNeilly In Ireland



Some of the McNeilly 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



Ancestors of many of the Dalriadan families who crossed the Atlantic still live along the east coast of the United States and Canada. Some Scottish settlers arrived in Canada during the American War of Independence as United Empire Loyalists, while others stayed south to fight for a new nation. The descendants of Scottish settlers in both countries began to rediscover their heritage in the 19th and 20th centuries through Clan societies and highland games. An inquiry into the early roots of North American families has revealed a number of immigrants bearing the name McNeilly or a variant listed above:

McNeilly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John McNeilly, age 28, who came to New York city in 1812
  • John McNeilly, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • Robert McNeilly, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1878
  • James McNeilly, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1879

McNeilly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Edward McNeilly, aged 24, arrived in New York in 1919 aboard the ship "War Thistle" from Newport, England [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WR-WMW : 6 December 2014), Edward McNeilly, 29 Aug 1919; citing departure port Newport, England, arrival port New York, ship name War Thistle, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Arthur McNeilly, aged 18, arrived in New York City, New York in 1919 aboard the ship "Northern Pacific" from Brest, France [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J64J-24H : 6 December 2014), Arthur McNeilly, 18 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Northern Pacific, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Elmer McNeilly, aged 26, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "New York" from Southampton, England [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6ZT-1Z7 : 6 December 2014), Elmer McNeilly, 19 Jun 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William McNeilly, aged 59, originally from Johanesburg, Africa, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Imperator" from Southampton, England [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6DZ-YPY : 6 December 2014), William McNeilly, 11 Jul 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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Contemporary Notables of the name McNeilly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNeilly (post 1700)



  • Robert McNeilly (d. 2006), American safety officer, Pittsburgh Police Chief
  • Greg McNeilly, American Republican political strategist
  • Paul McNeilly, British actor, known for his work in Black Beauty (1994), Driven (1994) and Outlaw (2007)
  • Andrew Raymond McNeilly (b. 1972), Trinidadian bobsledder at the 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Alexander James Whiteford "A.J.W." McNeilly (1845-1911), Irish-born lawyer and political figure in Newfoundland

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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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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6WR-WMW : 6 December 2014), Edward McNeilly, 29 Aug 1919; citing departure port Newport, England, arrival port New York, ship name War Thistle, 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:J64J-24H : 6 December 2014), Arthur McNeilly, 18 Jul 1919; citing departure port Brest, arrival port New York City, New York, New York, ship name Northern Pacific, 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:J6ZT-1Z7 : 6 December 2014), Elmer McNeilly, 19 Jun 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name New York, 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:J6DZ-YPY : 6 December 2014), William McNeilly, 11 Jul 1920; citing departure port Southampton, arrival port New York, ship name Imperator, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

Other References

  1. Le Patourel, John. The Norman Empire. New York: Oxford University Press, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-19-822525-3).
  2. Scarlett, James D. Tartan The Highland Textile. London: Shepheard-Walwyn, 1990. Print. (ISBN 0-85683-120-4).
  3. Papworth, J.W and A.W Morant. Ordinary of British Armorials. London: T.Richards, 1874. Print.
  4. Markale, J. Celtic Civilization. London: Gordon & Cremonesi, 1976. Print.
  5. Bain, Robert. The Clans and Tartans of Scotland. Glasgow & London: Collins, 1968. Print. (ISBN 000411117-6).
  6. Barrow, G.W.S Ed. Acts of Malcom IV 1153-65 Volume I Regesta Regum Scottorum 1153-1424. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, 1960. Print.
  7. Paul, Sir James Balfour. An Ordinary of Arms Contained in the Public Register of All Arms and Bearings in Scotland Second Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1903. Print.
  8. Hanks, Patricia and Flavia Hodges. A Dictionary of Surnames. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1988. Print. (ISBN 0-19-211592-8).
  9. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
  10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
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The McNeilly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNeilly 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.

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