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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Neal is Ó Néill, which means descendant of Niall, a personal name
of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion."
The surname Neal was first found in County Tyrone
(Irish: Tír Eoghain), the ancient territory of the O'Neills, now in the Province of Ulster
, central Northern Ireland
, and County Clare
where O'Neill was chief of Clan
Dalvy and of Tradree, a district in the barony of Inchiquinn. In the 10th century, a branch of this family went to Limerick
to assist in the expulsion of the Danes. After one victorious occasion they wore green boughs in their helmets and on their horses' heads signifying their victory.
Names from the Middle Ages demonstrate many spelling variations. This is because the recording scribe or church official often decided as to how a person's name was spelt and in what language. Research into the name Neal revealed many variations, including O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neal research. Another 215 words (15 lines of text) covering the years 1480, 1559, 1530, 1567, 1550, 1616, 1612, 1664, 1694, 1689 and 1689 are included under the topic Early Neal History in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Sir Niall O'Neill who distinguished himself at the Battle of the Boyne; Conn O'Neill, 1st Earl of Tyrone
(c.1480-1559) King of Tir Eogain; Shane O'Neill (c.1530-1567), Irish king of the O'Neill dynasty of Ulster; Hugh O'Neill ( c.
1550-1616), Earl of Tyrone
Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Neal Notables in all our PDF Extended History products
and printed products wherever possible.
Thousands of Irish families
left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Neal:
Neal Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
- Elizabeth Neal, who arrived in America in 1620
- Francis Neal settled in Maine in 1630
- Peter and Walter Neal settled in New Hampshire in 1631
- Walter Neal, who arrived in New England in 1631
- Henry Neal, who arrived in Braintree, Massachusetts in 1642
Neal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Nicolas Neal, who landed in Virginia in 1703
- Cha Neal, who arrived in Virginia in 1705
- Mary Neal, who arrived in New England in 1734
- Edward Neal, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
- John Neal, aged 28, arrived in New Jersey in 1775
Neal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- Arthur Neal, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1804
- Frank Neal, who arrived in Baltimore, Maryland in 1811
- Roger Neal, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1811
- Barnard Neal, aged 23, arrived in New York in 1812
- Joseph Neal, aged 45, landed in South Carolina in 1812
Neal Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- James Neal, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Wilm Neal, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
- Charles Neal, who arrived in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Francis Neal, who landed in Halifax, Nova Scotia in 1749
- Fras Neal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1749
Neal Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- James Neal, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1802
- Michael James Neal, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1805
- Jane Neal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
- Richard Neal, who arrived in Canada in 1832
- Catherine Neal, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1833
Neal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- William Neal arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Lady Emma" in 1837
- William Neal, aged 29, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1850 aboard the ship "Trafalgar"
- Mary Neal, aged 27, a nurse, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Lysander"
- Samuel Neal, aged 30, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1851 aboard the ship "Hydaspes"
- Samuel Neal, aged 30, arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Hydaspes" in 1851
Neal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
- Amelia Neal, aged 25, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- William Neal, aged 9, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- George Neal, aged 6, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- Charles Neal, aged 4, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- Ellen Neal, aged 2, arrived in Nelson aboard the ship "Lloyds" in 1842
- James Foster Neal (1929-2010), American trial lawyer who prosecuted labor leader Jimmy Hoffa and top officials of the Nixon Administration in the Watergate scandal
- Jacqueline "Jackie" Neal (1967-2005), American blues singer who was shot and killed by her ex-boyfriend
- Gary Neal (b. 1984), American professional basketball player
- Charles Lenard "Charlie" Neal (1931-1996), American Major League Baseball second baseman who played from 1956 to 1963
- James Ellerbe "Daddy" and "Jim" Neal (1930-2011), American NBA basketball player
- Elise Neal (b. 1966), American four-time Image Award nominated film and television actress
- Diane Neal (b. 1976), American actress and former competitive ice skater, known for her roles in Law & Order: Special Victims Unit (1999), Dracula II: Ascension (2003) and Dirty Movie (2011)
- Blaine Neal (b. 1978), American former Major League Baseball relief pitcher who played from 2001 to 2005
- Alice Bradley Neal (1828-1863), American writer
- Ambrose O. Neal, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New York, 1900, 1904, 1916; Presidential Elector for New York, 1908
- Mr. Ronald W Neal (b. 1918), English Able Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Basford, Nottinghamshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Edward R Neal (b. 1915), English Supply Assistant serving for the Royal Navy from Swindon, Wiltshire, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking
- Mr. Henry Neal, aged 25, English Baker from Southampton, Hampshire who worked aboard the RMS Titanic and survived the sinking by escaping in life boat 13
- The Neal, Harbison, Snodgrass, Miller, and Related Families by Thomes Howe R. Neal.
- Lester, Neal, and Allied Families by Shirley Wimpey Ward.
- Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
- Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
- McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
- Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
- Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
- The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
- Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
- 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).
- Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
- Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
The Neal Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neal 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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