Neely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

Early Origins of the Neely family

The surname Neely was first found in the counties Galway and Ulster (Irish: Ulaidh), where they held a family seat from ancient times.

Early History of the Neely family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neely research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1890, 1509, 1816 and 1870 are included under the topic Early Neely History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Neely Spelling Variations

Spelling variations of this family name include: Neely, McNeill, McNeely, McNeilly, MacNeilly, Coneely and many more.

Early Notables of the Neely family (pre 1700)

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Neely Ranking

In the United States, the name Neely is the 1,195th most popular surname with an estimated 24,870 people with that name. [1]


United States Neely migration to the United States +

Some of the first settlers of this family name were:

Neely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • Samuel Neely, aged 58, who arrived in South Carolina in 1812 [2]
  • Edward Neely, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1825 [2]
  • Thomas Neely, aged 25, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1834 [2]
  • James Neely, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1849 [2]
  • John Neely, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1850 [2]
Neely Settlers in United States in the 20th Century
  • Alexander Neely, aged 24, who landed in America from County Mayo, in 1907
  • Annie Neely, aged 30, who immigrated to the United States from Belfast, Ireland, in 1907
  • Annie Neely, aged 20, who landed in America from Derry, Ireland, in 1907
  • Agnes Neely, aged 29, who settled in America from Wishaw, Scotland, in 1908
  • Anne Neely, aged 55, who settled in America from Kilrea, Ireland, in 1909
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Contemporary Notables of the name Neely (post 1700) +

  • Barbara Neely (b. 1941), American novelist, short story writer and activist
  • Richard Neely (1941-2020), American Democratic Party politician, Member of West Virginia State House of Delegates from Marion County, Chief Justice of the West Virginia Supreme Court of Appeals from 1973 to 1995 [3]
  • Mark E. Neely Jr. (b. 1944), American Pulitzer Prize winning historian
  • Matthew M. Neely (1874-1958), American politician from West Virginia
  • Sam Neely (1948-2006), American country musician
  • Ralph Neely (b. 1943), former American football offensive tackle
  • Mason Neely (b. 1979), American record producer
  • Jess Neely (1898-1983), American football coach
  • Brad Neely, American comic strip cartoonist
  • Blake Neely (b. 1969), American film score composer
  • ... (Another 36 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)


The Neely 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: Per virtutem scientamque
Motto Translation: By Virtue Knowledge


  1. ^ https://namecensus.com/most_common_surnames.htm
  2. ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
  3. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, February 10) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html


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