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Neal Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French Anglo-Norman French and Middle English personal name Neel Nele Nihel Niel itself derived from the Latin name Nigellus (a diminutive of Latin niger ‘black’) originally a nickname for someone with black hair or a dark complexion. The name was very common among Normans and was brought to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. There has been considerable confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name Niall (see Neil ); the two names are now pronounced identically. It is theoretically possible that in Normandy where the personal name was popular that it was also used for Old Norse Njáll but this is difficult to prove. Njáll was adopted from the Irish Gaelic personal name Niall by Vikings in Ireland who took it back to Iceland and Norway but whether the Vikings also took Njáll to Normandy and to the northwest of England is an open question which cannot be settled on the available evidence. English: alternatively from the Middle English personal name Nele a variant of Nell as a pet form of Elias (see Ellis ). Compare Nelson Nielson . Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McNeal (see McNeil ).

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

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

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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 USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 1,636 Neal families living in London. This was about 18% of all the recorded Neal's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Neal families in 1891.
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What did your Neal ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the United Kingdom named Neal. 9% of Neal men worked as a General Labourer and 67% of Neal women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neal were Incapacitated and Incapacitated. .

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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 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Farmer
  • Incapacitated

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Unpaid Domestic
  • Housewife
  • Incapacitated
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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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