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

Neil Early Origins



The surname Neil 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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Neil Spelling Variations


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Neil Spelling Variations



A name was often recorded during the Middle Ages under several different spelling variations during the life of its bearer because literacy was rare there was no real push to clearly define any of the languages found in the British Isles at that time. Variations found of the name Neil include O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

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Neil Early History


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Neil Early History



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

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Neil Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neil 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 Neil 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Neil:

Neil Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Neil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1682

Neil Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Ferdinando Neil, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746
  • Robert Neil, who landed in South Carolina in 1772
  • Henry Neil, aged 18, arrived in New York, NY in 1774
  • Matthew Neil, who arrived in America in 1794
  • Johan Henrich Neil, who arrived in Pennsylvania in 1798

Neil Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Thomas Neil, who landed in America in 1802
  • Felix Neil, who landed in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1807
  • Barnard Neil, who landed in Maryland in 1809
  • Edward Neil, aged 30, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Hugh Neil, aged 42, arrived in New York in 1812
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neil Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Edward Neil, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1749
  • Mr. George Neil U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1784 he served in the Loyal South Carolina Regiment [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Neil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • James Neil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1810
  • David Neil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1820
  • Peter Neil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1824
  • Henry Neil, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1826
  • Dennis Neil, aged 31, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Neil, English convict from London, who was transported aboard the "Adamant" on March 16, 1821, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  • George Neil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Birman" in 1840 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm
  • Henry Neil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846
  • John Neil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Florentia" in 1849
  • Margaret Neil arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Inconstant" in 1849
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neil Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • William Neil, aged 38, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Bridget Neil, aged 39, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Edward Neil, aged 16, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Ellen Neil, aged 14, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "London" in 1840
  • Caroline Neil, aged 19, a housemaid, arrived in Port Nicholson aboard the ship "Slains Castle" in 1841
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Neil (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Neil (post 1700)



  • Vincent Neil (b. 1961), American vocalist and musician
  • Dan Neil (b. 1960), American automotive columnist for the Los Angeles Times awarded the 2004 Pulitzer Prize for Criticism
  • Andrew Ferguson Neil (b. 1949), Scottish journalist and broadcaster
  • Gerald Neil (b. 1978), Jamaican football defender
  • Alexander Francis Neil (b. 1981), Scottish footballer
  • Christopher Neil, British record producer, songwriter and singer
  • Andrea Neil (b. 1971), accomplished Canadian female soccer player

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Neil Historic Events


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Neil Historic Events




Halifax Explosion

  • Mr. M.  Neil, Canadian resident from Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada who died in the Halifax Explosion on 6th December 1917

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Neil Family Crest Products


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X
  2. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Adamant voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1821 with 144 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/adamant/1821
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BIRMAN 1840. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840Birman.htm

Other References

  1. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
  2. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  3. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  4. Passenger Lists of Vessels Arriving at Galveston Texas 1896-1951. National Archives Washington DC. Print.
  5. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
  6. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  7. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  8. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  9. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  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 Co., 1992. Print.
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The Neil Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neil 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.

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