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Meneely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the Meneely family


The surname Meneely 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.

Early History of the Meneely family


This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Meneely research.
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Meneely Spelling Variations


Medieval translation of Gaelic names could not be referred to as an accurate process. Spelling was not yet standardized, and names in documents from that era are riddled with spelling variations. Meneely has been written as MacNeil, MacNeill, MacNeal, MacNeilage, MacNeale, MacNeall, MacNeille, MacNeel, MacNiel, MacGreal, Mcneil, Mcneill, McNeal, Mcneal, Mcneall and many more.

Early Notables of the Meneely family (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...
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Migration of the Meneely family to Ireland


Some of the Meneely family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt.
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Migration of the Meneely family to the New World and Oceana


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 Meneely or a variant listed above:

Meneely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Emily Meneely, aged 23, who emigrated to the United States, in 1895
  • Mrs. Geo. R. Meneely, aged 53, who emigrated to America, in 1895

Meneely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Robert Meneely, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Antrim, in 1903
  • W. R. Meneely, who landed in America, in 1903
  • J.K. Meneely, aged 39, who landed in America, in 1905
  • Jennie Meneely, aged 2, who landed in America from Kells, Ireland, in 1910
  • John H. Meneely, who emigrated to the United States, in 1910
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The Meneely 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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