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

Neill Early Origins



The surname Neill 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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Neill Spelling Variations


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Neill Spelling Variations



Those scribes in Ireland during the Middle Ages recorded names as they sounded. Consequently, in this era many people were recorded under different spellings each time their name was written down. Research on the Neill family name revealed numerous spelling variations, including O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

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Neill Early History


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Neill Early History



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

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Neill Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Neill 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 Neill 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



During the 19th century thousands of impoverished Irish families made the long journey to British North America and the United States. These people were leaving a land that had become beset with poverty, lack of opportunity, and hunger. In North America, they hoped to find land, work, and political and religious freedoms. Although the majority of the immigrants that survived the long sea passage did make these discoveries, it was not without much perseverance and hard work: by the mid-19th century land suitable for agriculture was short supply, especially in British North America, in the east; the work available was generally low paying and physically taxing construction or factory work; and the English stereotypes concerning the Irish, although less frequent and vehement, were, nevertheless, present in the land of freedom, liberty, and equality for all men. The largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. Research into passenger and immigration lists has brought forth evidence of the early members of the Neill family in North America:

Neill Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • William Neill, who arrived in Maryland in 1652

Neill Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Francis Neill, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pa in 1746
  • Clark Neill, who arrived in Brunswick, North Carolina in 1767
  • Henri Neill, who arrived in Charles Town, South Carolina in 1782

Neill Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Neill, aged 23, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Mark Neill, aged 25, landed in New York, NY in 1803
  • Emelia Neill, aged 22, arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1804
  • Neal Neill, who landed in New York, NY in 1811
  • Henry D Neill, who arrived in New York, NY in 1816
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neill Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Huelin Cary Neill, who arrived in San Francisco, California in 1904
  • Charles Neill, who landed in Arkansas in 1906

Neill Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Mr. George Neill U.E. who settled in Canada c. 1784 [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

Neill Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Henry Neill, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1818
  • Bridget Neill, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1821
  • Denis Jeremiah Neill, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1822
  • Eleanor Jane Neill, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • Patrick Neill, who arrived in Nova Scotia in 1831
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neill Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Terence Neill, English convict from Lancaster, who was transported aboard the "Almorah" on April 1817, settling in New South Wales, Australia [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  • Michael Neill, a sawyer, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • James Neill, a brick-maker, arrived in New South Wales, Australia sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • John Neill, a nailor, arrived in Van Diemen’s Land (now Tasmania) sometime between 1825 and 1832
  • Thomas Alfred Neill arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Recovery" in 1839 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Neill Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • Ann Neill, aged 40, a housekeeper, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Mary J. Neill, aged 12, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Ann Neill, aged 10, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Forfarshire" in 1873
  • Andrew Neill, aged 20, a farm labourer, arrived in Bluff, New Zealand aboard the ship "Christian McAusland" in 1875
  • James Neill, aged 36, a farm labourer, arrived in Wellington, New Zealand aboard the ship "Avalanche" in 1875
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Contemporary Notables of the name Neill (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Neill (post 1700)



  • Noel Darleen Neill (1920-2016), American actress, best known for her role as Lois Lane in the Superman film serials (1948) and the 1950s television series Adventures of Superman
  • John Rea Neill (1877-1943), American magazine and children's book illustrator
  • James Clinton Neill (1790-1848), American soldier and politician, most noted for his role in the Texas Revolution and the early defense of the Alamo
  • Casey Neill, American musician
  • Ben Neill (b. 1957), American trumpeter and composer
  • Nigel John Dermot "Sam" Neill OBE (b. 1947), Irish born New Zealand actor
  • William John Terence "Terry" Neill (b. 1942), Northern Ireland footballer and manager
  • Sir Francis Patrick Neill QC (1926-2016), Baron Neill of Bladen, cross bench member of the House of Lords, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Oxford (1985-1989), Warden of All Souls College, Oxford (1977-1995)
  • Lucas Neill (b. 1978), Australian footballer
  • Alexander George "Alec" Neill (b. 1950), former New Zealand politician
  • ... (Another 3 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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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) Almorah voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1817 with 180 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/almorah/1817
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) RECOVERY from London 1839. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1839Recovery.htm

Other References

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  2. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  3. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  4. Bolton, Charles Knowles. Bolton's American Armory. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1964. Print.
  5. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  6. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  7. Bowman, George Ernest. The Mayflower Reader A Selection of Articales from The Mayflower Descendent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  8. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  9. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
  10. Crozier, William Armstrong Edition. Crozier's General Armory A Registry of American Families Entitled to Coat Armor. New York: Fox, Duffield, 1904. Print.
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The Neill Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Neill 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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