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Neal Name Meaning

English, Scottish, and Irish: from an Anglo-Scandinavian form of the Gaelic name Niall (see Neill). This was adopted by the Scandinavians in the form Njal and was introduced into northern England and East Anglia by them, rather than being taken directly from Gaelic. It was reinforced after the Norman Conquest by the Anglo-Norman French and Middle English forms Neel, Nihel, and Nigel, which were brought to England by the Normans. Scottish and Irish: reduced form of McNeal (see McNeil).

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Nell, Seal, Neil, Neat, Beal, Bean, Near, Neas, Nealy, Veal

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Where is the Neal family from?

You can see how Neal families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neal family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neal families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 409 Neal families living in Ontario. This was about 59% of all the recorded Neal's in Canada. Ontario had the highest population of Neal families in 1911.
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What did your Neal ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Neal. 38% of Neal men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Neal women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neal were Machinist and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
    38%
  • Laborer
    11%
  • Labourer
    11%
  • Machinist
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
    20%
  • Stenographer
    15%
  • Teacher
    9%
  • Housework
    7%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 28,000 immigration records available for the last name Neal. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 83,000 military records available for the last name Neal. For the veterans among your Neal ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neal lifespan?

Between 1941 and 2004, in the United States, Neal life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 2002. The average life expectancy for Neal in 1941 was 38, and 72 in 2004.

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