Nealon History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

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." [1]

"Of the very great antiquity of this distinguished name and family there can be no doubt." [2]

Early Origins of the Nealon family

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.

Early History of the Nealon family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Nealon research. Another 108 words (8 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.

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.

Early Notables of the Nealon family (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 known as the Great Earl...
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Nealon Ranking

In the United States, the name Nealon is the 15,101st most popular surname with an estimated 2,487 people with that name. [3]

United States Nealon migration to the United States +

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 immigrated 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 immigrated 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
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Australia Nealon migration to Australia +

Emigration to Australia followed the First Fleets of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:

Nealon Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
  • Mrs. Margaret Nealon, aged 35, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1857 aboard the ship "Royal Albert"

Contemporary Notables of the name Nealon (post 1700) +

  • Mary Jane Nealon, American poet, and registered nurse
  • William Joseph Nealon Jr. (b. 1923), United States federal judge
  • 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 Democratic Party politician, Candidate for New York State Assembly from Broome County 1st District, 1930 [4]
  • Edward Ted Nealon (b. 1929), former Irish Fine Gael politician and journalist
  • Donie Nealon (b. 1935), retired Irish hurler
  • Ben Nealon (b. 1966), English actor, best known for playing 2nd Lt Cpt Jeremy Forsythe in series Soldier Soldier
  • Nealon Stracener (1916-1990), American Baton Rouge attorney and Republican politician, candidate for Attorney General of Louisiana in 1960

  1. ^ MacLysaght, Edward, Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7)
  2. ^ Lower, Mark Anthony, Patronymica Britannica, A Dictionary of Family Names of the United Kingdom. London: John Russel Smith, 1860. Print.
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  4. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from on Facebook