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Neel Name Meaning

English (Jersey and Yorkshire): of Norman origin a variant of Neal 1 and French (Néel; Normandy): from the Old French personal name Neel derived either from the Latin name Nigellus (a diminutive of Latin niger ‘black’; compare 3 below) or from the Old Norse name Njáll (see Neal ) hence a cognate of 1 above. Compare Nel French: from Old French nëel ‘black email’ (from Latin nigellus ‘black’) hence a metonymic occupational name for a jeweler.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names 2nd edition, 2022

Similar surnames: Neil, Neeld, Niel, Neal, Nell, Nee, Keel, Teel, Neale, Seel

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Where is the Neel family from?

You can see how Neel families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neel family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neel families were found in USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 17 Neel families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 25% of all the recorded Neel's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Neel families in 1911.
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What did your Neel ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer was the top reported job for people in the Canada named Neel. 100% of Neel men worked as a Farmer. .

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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
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Census Records

There are 41,000 census records available for the last name Neel. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neel census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger Lists

There are 2,000 immigration records available for the last name Neel. 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 9,000 military records available for the last name Neel. For the veterans among your Neel ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neel lifespan?

Between 1948 and 2004, in the United States, Neel life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1952, and highest in 2000. The average life expectancy for Neel in 1948 was 36, and 77 in 2004.

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