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The tale of the name Neeson begins with a family who lived in any of a number of places called Ness, in Scotland and England. In this case, the surname Neeson comes from the Old English word, ness, which means headland. Thus, the surname Neeson means someone "from the headland." However, some references claim the name came from the Gaelic personal name Ness.

Neeson Early Origins



The surname Neeson was first found in Fife, where they held a family seat from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Scotland to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects.

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Neeson Spelling Variations


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Neeson Spelling Variations



Before the first dictionaries appeared in the last few hundred years, scribes spelled according to sound. spelling variations are common among Scottish names. Neeson has been spelled Ness, Nesse, Nessan, Neeson and others.

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Neeson Early History


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Neeson Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neeson research. Another 170 words (12 lines of text) covering the years 1093, 1153, 1160, 1180, and 1260 are included under the topic Early Neeson History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neeson Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neeson Early Notables (pre 1700)



More information is included under the topic Early Neeson Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Neeson In Ireland


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Neeson In Ireland



Some of the Neeson family moved to Ireland, but this topic is not covered in this excerpt. Another 123 words (9 lines of text) about their life in Ireland is included 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



In those unstable times, many had no choice but to leave their beloved homelands. Sickness and poverty hounded travelers to North America, but those who made it were welcomed with land and opportunity. These settlers gave the young nations of Canada and the United States a strong backbone as they stood up for their beliefs as United Empire Loyalists and in the American War of Independence. In this century, the ancestors of these brave Scots have begun to recover their illustrious heritage through Clan societies and other heritage organizations. Early passenger and immigration lists reveal many Scottish settlers bearing the name Neeson:

Neeson Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Henry, John, Michael, Peter, Terence Neeson who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

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Contemporary Notables of the name Neeson (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Neeson (post 1700)



  • Bernard "Doc" Neeson OAM (1947-2014), Australian lead singer for Australian hard rock band The Angels
  • Patrick Neeson (1817-1882), Irish-born clergyman of the Roman Catholic Church
  • Seán Neeson (b. 1946), Northern Ireland politician who served as leader of the Alliance Party of Northern Ireland
  • Brian Kevin Neeson (b. 1945), former New Zealand politician
  • Liam John Neeson OBE (b. 1952), Irish Academy Award, BAFTA and three-time Gold Globe nominated actor, known for his roles in Schindler's List, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Batman Begins and more

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    2. Holt, J.C. Ed. Domesday Studies. Woodbridge: Boydell, 1987. Print. (ISBN 0-85115-477-8).
    3. Scots Kith and Kin And Illustrated Map Revised 2nd Edition. Edinburgh: Clan House/Albyn. Print.
    4. 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).
    5. Bradford, William. History of Plymouth Plantation 1620-1647 Edited by Samuel Eliot Morrison 2 Volumes. New York: Russell and Russell, 1968. Print.
    6. Burke, Sir Bernard. Genealogical and Heraldic History of the Landed Gentry Including American Families with British Ancestry 2 Volumes. London: Burke Publishing, 1939. Print.
    7. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
    8. Moncrieffe, Sir Ian of That Ilk and David Hicks. The Highland Clans The Dynastic Origins, Cheifs and Background of the Clans. New York: C.N. Potter, 1968. Print.
    9. Fulton, Alexander. Scotland and Her Tartans: The Romantic Heritage of the Scottish Clans and Families. Godalming: Bramley, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-86283-880-0).
    10. 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, 1968. Print.
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    The Neeson Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neeson 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 4 June 2014 at 15:48.

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