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O'Neal History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms



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

Early Origins of the O'Neal family


The surname O'Neal 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.

Early History of the O'Neal family


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O'Neal 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 O'Neal include O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Neal family (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...
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Migration of the O'Neal family to the New World and Oceana


Ireland became inhospitable for many native Irish families in the 19th centuries. Poverty, lack of opportunities, high rents, and discrimination forced thousands to leave the island for North America. The largest exodus of Irish settlers occurred with the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. For these immigrants the journey to British North America and the United States was long and dangerous and many did not live to see the shores of those new lands. Those who did make it were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest and most powerful nations of the world. These Irish immigrants were not only important for peopling the new settlements and cities, they also provided the manpower needed for the many industrial and agricultural projects so essential to these growing nations. Immigration and passenger lists have documented the arrival of various people bearing the name O'Neal to North America:

O'Neal Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen O'Neal, who settled in Virginia in 1751

O'Neal Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Arthur O'Neal, aged 55, who settled in America, in 1894
  • Claude O'Neal, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States, in 1896

O'Neal Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Dudley S. O'Neal, aged 18, who landed in America from Barbados, in 1903
  • Edward O'Neal, aged 47, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Charles H. O'Neal, aged 42, who settled in America, in 1910
  • Bernard O'Neal, who landed in America, in 1911
  • Ella O'Neal, aged 1, who landed in America, in 1912
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O'Neal Settlers in Canada in the 20th Century

  • Ebenezer W. O'Neal, aged 36, who settled in Montreal, Canada, in 1924

O'Neal Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John O'Neal, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Success" in 1848 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  • Dorothea O'Neal, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1852 aboard the ship "Sibella" [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  • Mary O'Neal, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  • Bridget O'Neal, aged 19, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sultana" [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  • Biddy O'Neal, aged 20, a servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Edward Parry" [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
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O'Neal Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John O'Neal, aged 30, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Catherine O'Neal, aged 27, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Stephen O'Neal, aged 4, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864
  • Mary O'Neal, aged 6, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Reiherstieg" in 1864

Contemporary Notables of the name O'Neal (post 1700)


  • Lilliana Belardo de O'Neal, American Republican politician, Member of Virgin Islands legislature from St. Croix, 1981-86, 1989-96; Defeated, 2000; Candidate for Delegate to U.S. Congress from the Virgin Islands, 2002 [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html
  • Edward Asbury O'Neal (1818-1890), Confederate officer during the American Civil War, 26th Governor of Alabama
  • Emmet O'Neal (1853-1922), American Democratic politician and lawyer, 34th Governor of Alabama
  • Deltha Lee O'Neal III (b. 1977), former American college and professional football player
  • John William "Bill" O'Neal (b. 1942), American author
  • Griffin Patrick O'Neal (b. 1964), American actor
  • Alexander O'Neal (b. 1953), American R&B singer
  • Patrice Malcolm O'Neal (1969-2011), American stand-up comedian, radio personality, and actor
  • Jermaine Lee O'Neal (b. 1978), American professional basketball player
  • Tatum Beatrice O'Neal (b. 1963), American actress, youngest person to receive an Academy Award at the age of 10
  • ... (Another 7 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Suggested Readings for the name O'Neal


  • O'Neal by Thelma O'Neal Beasley.

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Citations


  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SUCCESS 1848. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1848Success.htm
  2. ^ South Australian Register Tuesday 3 February 1852. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SIBELLA 1852. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sibella1852.shtml.
  3. ^ South Australian Register Saturday 4th February 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sultana 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sultana1854.shtml.
  4. ^ South Australian Register Monday 27th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Edward Parry 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/siredwardparry1854.shtml
  5. ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2016, January 29) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html

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