Show ContentsNeild History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms

When the ancestors of the Neild family emigrated to England following the Norman Conquest in 1066 they brought their family name with them. They lived in Berkshire where Willelmus filius Nigelli was listed in the Domesday Book of 1086. [1] While this may seem like a stretch form the modern day spellings of the name, we must remember that name entries at this time were in Latin. In fact later, another Willelmus Nigelli was listed in Wiltshire according to the Feet of Fines for 1195. "The name was carried to Iceland by the Scandinavians as Njáll, taken to Norway, then to France and brought to England by the Normans. It was also introduced direct into north-west England and Yorkshire by Norwegians from Ireland. " [2]

Early Origins of the Neild family

The surname Neild was first found in Wiltshire where they held a family seat from ancient times as Lords of the manor of Grittleton, pre-Conquest called Grutelington (940 AD) and by the Domesday Book in 1086, the place name had changed to Gretelintone. [1] The parish of Grittleton included the Glastonbury Abbey, one of the richest churches in England at that time. At the time of the Conquest, the lands were held by Urso from the Bishop of Coutance, conjecturally the ancestor of this distinguished family.

Early History of the Neild family

This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Neild research. Another 187 words (13 lines of text) covering the years 1754, 1857, 1789, 1836, 1485, 1828, 1952, 1950, 1678, 1743, 1805, 1891, 1845, 1846, 1900, 1894, 1895, 1850, 1641 and 1699 are included under the topic Early Neild History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

Neild Spelling Variations

The English language only became standardized in the last few centuries. For that reason, spelling variations are common among many Anglo-Norman names. The shape of the English language was frequently changed with the introduction of elements of Norman French, Latin, and other European languages; even the spelling of literate people's names were subsequently modified. Neild has been recorded under many different variations, including Neeld, Neald, Neild, Nield, Nields, Neelde, Nealde, Neilde, Nielde, Neele and many more.

Early Notables of the Neild family (pre 1700)

Outstanding amongst the family at this time was Daniel Neal (1678-1743), an English historian; Sir John Neeld (1805-1891), 1st Baronet, MP for Cricklade and Chippenham, gentlemen of the privy council, married Elizabeth Harriet in 1845; his son Sir Algernon William Neeld (1846-1900) was 2nd Baronet and Sheriff of Wiltshire...
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United States Neild migration to the United States +

To escape the uncertainty of the political and religious uncertainty found in England, many English families boarded ships at great expense to sail for the colonies held by Britain. The passages were expensive, though, and the boats were unsafe, overcrowded, and ridden with disease. Those who were hardy and lucky enough to make the passage intact were rewarded with land, opportunity, and social environment less prone to religious and political persecution. Many of these families went on to be important contributors to the young nations of Canada and the United States where they settled. Neilds were some of the first of the immigrants to arrive in North America:

Neild Settlers in United States in the 17th Century
  • John Neild, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1682 [3]
  • John Neild, who settled in Delaware Bay in 1683
Neild Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
  • John Thomas Neild, Joseph and Mark Neild, who settled in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania between 1867 to 1873

New Zealand Neild migration to New Zealand +

Emigration to New Zealand followed in the footsteps of the European explorers, such as Captain Cook (1769-70): first came sealers, whalers, missionaries, and traders. By 1838, the British New Zealand Company had begun buying land from the Maori tribes, and selling it to settlers, and, after the Treaty of Waitangi in 1840, many British families set out on the arduous six month journey from Britain to Aotearoa to start a new life. Early immigrants include:

Neild Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century
  • Dr. John C. Neild, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [4]
  • Mrs. Maria C Neild, British settler travelling from London aboard the ship "Joseph Fletcher" arriving in Auckland, New Zealand on 30th September 1853 [4]
  • Miss Emma Neild (Weild), (b. 1852), aged 11, British silk worker, from Chester travelling from London aboard the ship "Metropolis" arriving in Lyttelton, Christchurch, South Island, New Zealand on 16th June 1863 [4]

Contemporary Notables of the name Neild (post 1700) +

  • John Camden Neild (1780-1852), English miser
  • John Cash Neild (1846-1911), English-born Australian politician
  • Stuart Neild (b. 1970), English author
  • Robert Ralph Neild (b. 1924), British Emeritus Professor of Economics at Cambridge University
  • James Neild (1744-1814), British prison reformer

The Neild 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: Nomen extendere factis
Motto Translation: The name matches the deed

  1. ^ Williams, Dr Ann. And G.H. Martin, Eds., Domesday Book A Complete Translation. London: Penguin, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-141-00523-8)
  2. ^ Reaney, P.H and R.M. Wilson, A Dictionary of English Surnames. London: Routledge, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-415-05737-X)
  3. ^ 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)
  4. ^ New Zealand Yesteryears Passenger Lists 1800 to 1900 (Retrieved 17th October 2018). Retrieved from on Facebook