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O'Neil 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'Neil is Ó Néill, which means descendant of Niall, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean "champion."


Early Origins of the O'Neil family


The surname O'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.

Early History of the O'Neil family


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O'Neil Spelling Variations


People who were accounted for by scribes and church officials often had their name recorded many different ways because pronunciation was the only guide those scribes and church officials had to go by. This resulted in the problem of one person's name being recorded under several different variations, creating the illusion of more than one person. Among the many spelling variations of the surname O'Neil that are preserved in archival documents are O'Neill, Neal, Neale, Neales, Neil, Nihill, Niell, O'Nail, O'Neil, O'Niel and many more.

Early Notables of the O'Neil 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'Neil family to the New World and Oceana


A great mass of Ireland's native population left the island in the 19th century, seeking relief from various forms of social, religious, and economic discrimination. This Irish exodus was primarily to North America. If the migrants survived the long ocean journey, many unfortunately would find more discrimination in the colonies of British North America and the fledgling United States of America. These newly arrived Irish were, however, wanted as a cheap source of labor for the many large agricultural and industrial projects that were essential to the development of what would become two of the wealthiest nations in the western world. Early immigration and passenger lists indicate many people bearing the O'Neil name:

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

  • Andrew, Bernard, Charles, Edward, Henry, Hugh, James, John, Michael, and Patrick O'Neil, who arrived in Philadelphia between 1840 and 1860

O'Neil Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Eleanor O'Neil, aged 42, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth, England
  • Eleanor O'Neil, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth, England
  • Parmella O'Neil, aged 16, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth, England
  • Thomas O'Neil, aged 14, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth, England
  • Abraham O'Neil, aged 7, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Amynta" from Plymouth, England
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O'Neil Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Rosannah O'Neil, (neê) McCready, Scottish convict from Glasgow, who was transported aboard the "Amphitrite" on August 21, 1833, settling in New South Wales, Australia [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  • Henry O'Neil, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Britannia" in 1846 [2]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  • Mary O'Neil, aged 21, a servant, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  • Michael O'Neil, aged 36, a labourer, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  • Kate O'Neil, aged 35, who arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Sea Queen" in 1850 [3]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
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O'Neil Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John O'Neil, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Lewis O'Neil, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Annie Wilson" in 1863
  • Henry O'Neil, aged 24, a labourer, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • Mary O'Neil, aged 26, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
  • William H. O'Neil, aged 1, who arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Steinwarder" in 1864
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Contemporary Notables of the name O'Neil (post 1700)


  • Sally O'Neil (1908-1968), born Virginia Louise Noonan, American film actress of the 1920s
  • Chuck O'Neil, American Primetime Emmy Award winning director, known for The Daily Show (1996), The Rally to Restore Sanity and/or Fear (2010) and Breakfast Time (1994)
  • David "Dave" O'Neil (1874-1947), American poet
  • Albert Leo "Dapper" O'Neil (1920-2007), American politician, member of the Boston City Council for 28 years
  • Jerry O'Neil (b. 1956), American NASCAR race car driver
  • Paul Joseph O'Neil (b. 1953), American former professional NHL and WHA ice hockey center
  • Keith Daniel O'Neil (b. 1980), former American NFL football linebacker from Rochester, Michigan
  • John Thomas O'Neil (1898-1950), American gold medalist rugby union player at the 1920 and 1924 Summer Olympics
  • John O'Neil (b. 1915), American painter, educator and writer from Kansas City, Missouri
  • William J. O'Neil (b. 1933), American entrepreneur, stockbroker and writer, who founded Investor's Business Daily and the stock brokerage firm William O'Neil & Co. Inc
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Historic Events for the O'Neil family



HMS Hood

  • Mr. Owen O'Neil (b. 1922), Welsh Ordinary Seaman serving for the Royal Navy from Flint, Flintshire, Wales, who sailed into battle and died in the sinking [4]CITATION[CLOSE]
    H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm

Pan Am Flight 103 (Lockerbie)

  • Mary Denice O'Neil (1967-1988), American Student from Bronx, New York, America, who flew aboard the Pan Am Flight 103 from Frankfurt to Detroit, known as the Lockerbie bombing in 1988 and died [5]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html

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Citations


  1. ^ State Library of Queensland. (Retrieved 2016, October 27) Amphitrite voyage to New South Wales, Australia in 1833 with 99 passengers. Retrieved from http://www.convictrecords.com.au/ships/amphitrite/1833
  2. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) BRITANNIA 1846. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1846Britannia.htm
  3. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) SEA QUEEN 1850. Retrieved http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1850SeaQueen.htm
  4. ^ H.M.S. Hood Association-Battle Cruiser Hood: Crew Information - H.M.S. Hood Rolls of Honour, Men Lost in the Sinking of H.M.S. Hood, 24th May 1941. (Retrieved 2016, July 15) . Retrieved from http://www.hmshood.com/crew/memorial/roh_24may41.htm
  5. ^ Pan Am Flight 103's victims: A list of those killed 25 years ago | syracuse.com. (Retrieved 2014, April 9) . Retrieved from http://www.syracuse.com/news/index.ssf/2013/12/pan_am_flight_103s_victims_a_list_of_those_killed_25_years_ago.html


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