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Irish names tend to vary widely in their spelling and overall form. The original Gaelic form of the name Nealon is Ó Néill, which means descendant of Niall, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion."

Nealon Early Origins



The surname Nealon 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.

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Nealon Spelling Variations


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Nealon Spelling Variations



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 Nealon revealed many variations, including O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

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Nealon Early History


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Nealon Early History



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

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Nealon Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Nealon Early Notables (pre 1700)



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, also...

Another 61 words (4 lines of text) are included under the topic Early Nealon Notables 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Nealon family in North America:

Nealon Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Edward Nealon, aged 28, who settled in America, in 1894

Nealon Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Mary Nealon, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Cappamore, Ireland, in 1907
  • Maggie Nealon, aged 18, who landed in America from Laragan, Ireland, in 1907
  • Bridget Nealon, aged 24, who emigrated to the United States from Ballycastle, Ireland, in 1908
  • Elizabeth Nealon, aged 23, who landed in America from Ballina, Ireland, in 1911
  • William J. Nealon, aged 35, who settled in America from Dublin, in 1911
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Nealon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Mrs. Margaret Nealon, aged 35, a servant, arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Nealon (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Nealon (post 1700)



  • Mary Jane Nealon, American poet, and registered nurse
  • James Joseph Nealon (1884-1910), American Major League Baseball player
  • Kevin Nealon (1953-1986), American actor and comedian, best known as a cast member on Saturday Night Live from 1986 to 1995
  • Harold H. Nealon, American Democrat politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 1st District, 1930
  • Edward Ted Nealon (b. 1929), former Irish Fine Gael politician and journalist
  • Donie Nealon (b. 1935), retired Irish hurler
  • William Joseph Nealon Jr. (b. 1923), United States federal judge
  • Ben Nealon (b. 1966), English actor, best known for playing 2nd Lt Cpt Jeremy Forsythe in series Soldier Soldier

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Nealon Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
    3. Skordas, Guest. Ed. The Early Settlers of Maryland an Index to Names or Immigrants Complied from Records of Land Patents 1633-1680 in the Hall of Records Annapolis, Maryland. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1992. Print.
    4. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    5. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
    6. Somerset Fry, Peter and Fiona Somerset Fry. A History of Ireland. New York: Barnes and Noble, 1993. Print. (ISBN 1-56619-215-3).
    7. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
    8. 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).
    9. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    10. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    11. ...

    The Nealon Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Nealon 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 10 February 2016 at 13:54.

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