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Neil Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McNeil or variant of Neill.

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


Similar surnames: Neal, Neils, Neily, Neill, Neel, Neild, Nell, Nee, Feil, Peil

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Where is the Neil family from?

You can see how Neil families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neil family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neil families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1911 there were 562 Neil families living in Nova Scotia. This was about 36% of all the recorded Neil's in Canada. Nova Scotia had the highest population of Neil families in 1911.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neil surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neil ancestors do for a living?

In 1921, Farmer and Stenographer were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Neil. 34% of Neil men worked as a Farmer and 20% of Neil women worked as a Stenographer. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neil were Carpenter and 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
    34%
  • Labourer
    9%
  • Laborer
    6%
  • Carpenter
    5%

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Stenographer
    20%
  • Clerk
    16%
  • Housekeeper
    12%
  • Farmer
    10%
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Census Records

There are 259,000 census records available for the last name Neil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neil 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Neil. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Neil. For the veterans among your Neil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neil lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Neil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Neil in 1943 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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