The surname Neelands was derived from the Gaelic "O Niallain," which means "descendant of Niall."
Early Origins of the Neelands family
The surname Neelands was first found in County Clare (Irish: An Clár) located on the west coast of Ireland in the province of Munster.
Early History of the Neelands family
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Neelands Spelling Variations
Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Neelands were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. O'Neilan, O'Neylan, Neilan, Neylan, O'Nelan and others.
Early Notables of the Neelands family (pre 1700)
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The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute due to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United States and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Neelands family relocated to North American shores quite early:
Neelands Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
Thomas F. Neelands, aged 47, originally from Vancover, Canada, arrived in New York in 1909 aboard the ship "Mauretania" from Liverpool, England
Grech Neelands, aged 38, originally from Canada, arrived in New York in 1916 aboard the ship "Stephen" from Barbados, British West Indies 
Ernest V. Neelands, aged 38, originally from Toronto, Canada, arrived in New York in 1917 aboard the ship "Zulia" from Curacao, DWI 
Ernest V. Neelands, aged 41, arrived in New York in 1920 aboard the ship "Grove" from Kingston, Jamaica 
Jessie Neelands, aged 38, originally from Toronto, Canada, arrived in New York, New York in 1921 aboard the ship "Sixaola" from Cartagena, Colombia 
John A. Neelands, American Republican politician, Candidate in primary for Mayor of Ann Arbor, Michigan, 1933 
Abram Rupert Neelands, Canadian mining engineer, son in law of John Alexander Agnew, Chairman of The Cementation Company; he was asked by Agnew to take over the company in 1921; it rose to become a large British construction business that was eventually acquired by Trafalgar House
Robert Henry Neelands (1881-1974), Canadian politician who served in the Legislative Assembly of British Columbia from 1919 to 1928
Thomas Fletcher Neelands (1862-1944), Canadian politician, 9th Mayor of Vancouver, British Columbia from 1902 to 1903