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On the Scottish west coast, the McNelley family was born among the ancient Dalriadan clans. Their name comes from the personal name Neil. The Gaelic form Mac Neill translates as son of Neil.

McNelley Early Origins



The surname McNelley 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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McNelley Spelling Variations


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McNelley Spelling Variations



In the Middle Ages, the translation between Gaelic and English was not a highly developed process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and so, an enormous number of spelling variations appear in records of early Scottish names. McNelley has appeared as MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

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McNelley Early History


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McNelley Early History



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

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McNelley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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

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McNelley In Ireland


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McNelley In Ireland



Some of the McNelley 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



These settlers arrived in North America at a time when the east was burgeoning with prosperous colonies and the expanses of the west were just being opened up. The American War of Independence was also imminent. Some Scots stayed to fight for a new country, while others who remained loyal went north as United Empire Loyalists. The ancestors of all of them went on to rediscover their heritage in the 20th century through highland games and other patriotic Scottish events. The McNelley were among these contributors, for they have been located in early North American records:

McNelley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • George McNelley, aged 50, who arrived in New York in 1908 aboard the ship "Seguranca" from Havana, Cuba [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JX5G-PY3 : 6 December 2014), George McNelley, 04 Nov 1908; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Seguranca, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • Frank McNelley, aged 22, who arrived in New York in 1912 aboard the ship "Esperanza" from Havana, Cuba [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:JJ1S-T2Q : 6 December 2014), Frank McNelley, 08 Dec 1912; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Esperanza, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • William E. McNelley, aged 42, who arrived in New York in 1920 from Hamburg via Rosyth, Scotland [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6CG-SM7 : 6 December 2014), William E. McNelley, 20 Apr 1920; citing departure port Hamburg via Rosyth, Scotland, arrival port New York, ship name , NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).
  • R. McNelley, aged 40, who arrived from Genoa, Naples, Italy in 1920 aboard the ship "West Grama" to Los Angeles [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    "New York Passenger Arrival Lists (Ellis Island), 1892-1924," database, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:J6XB-4TY : 6 December 2014), R. McNelley, 06 Jul 1920; citing departure port Los Angeles, arrival port Genoa, Naples, Italy, ship name West Grama, 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 McNelley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name McNelley (post 1700)



  • Rob McNelley, American musician, known for his guitar work on Thompson Street, by American country music singer Brady Seals
  • Hugh McNelley, American co-founder of The Oskaloosa Herald, Oskaloosa, Iowa in 1850
  • Robert McNelley, American founder of the Cleveland Daily Banner in 1854, he longest-running newspaper in Bradley County, Tennessee

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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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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:JX5G-PY3 : 6 December 2014), George McNelley, 04 Nov 1908; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Seguranca, 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:JJ1S-T2Q : 6 December 2014), Frank McNelley, 08 Dec 1912; citing departure port Havana, arrival port New York, ship name Esperanza, 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:J6CG-SM7 : 6 December 2014), William E. McNelley, 20 Apr 1920; citing departure port Hamburg via Rosyth, Scotland, arrival port New York, ship name , 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:J6XB-4TY : 6 December 2014), R. McNelley, 06 Jul 1920; citing departure port Los Angeles, arrival port Genoa, Naples, Italy, ship name West Grama, NARA microfilm publication T715 and M237 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.).

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The McNelley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The McNelley 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 24 February 2017 at 10:47.

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