History of your Surname
Get access to Neat family records.Start a free trial

Neat Family History

Neat Name Meaning

English: from Middle English neat ‘ox cow’ (Old English nēat) probably applied as a metonymic occupational name for a cowherd or a nickname for someone thought to bear some resemblance to the animal. The modern English adjective neat (via French from Latin nitidus ‘clean shining’) does not occur before the 16th century after the main period of surname formation.

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

Similar surnames: Best, Bean, Nead, Neal, New, Seat, Noah, Deas, Leap, Belt

Search for a relative to learn more about your family history.

Hint: Try searching for a relative alive in 1940.

Black & white image of a young woman scientist

Where is the Neat family from?

You can see how Neat families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neat family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neat families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1891 there were 101 Neat families living in London. This was about 25% of all the recorded Neat's in United Kingdom. London had the highest population of Neat families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neat surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neat 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 Neat. 29% of Neat men worked as a General Labourer and 83% of Neat women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neat were Cotton Merchant and Housekeeper. .

View Census Data for Neat | Data not to scale

*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
  • Postman
  • Gardener
  • Cotton Merchant

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Shorthand Typist
  • Domestic Servant
  • Housekeeper
Black & white image of two construction labourers

What Neat family records will you find?

Census Records

There are 11,000 census records available for the last name Neat. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neat census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

Search Australian census records for Neat

Passenger Lists

There are 469 immigration records available for the last name Neat. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Australia, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

View all Neat immigration records

Draft Cards

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Neat. For the veterans among your Neat ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

View all Neat military records

You've only scratched the surface of Neat family history

Discover More

What is the average Neat lifespan?

Between 1957 and 2004, in the United States, Neat life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1957, and highest in 1969. The average life expectancy for Neat in 1957 was 36, and 83 in 2004.

View Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Neat

Discover the unique achievements of ancestors in the Neat family tree

Explore Your Tree

Browse profiles of historical people with the Neat last name

Search for another surname
Enter last name/surname
Start a 14-Day Free Trial