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Neill Surname Meaning

Irish and Scottish: variant of Neil also probably representing shortened forms of the derived patronymics McNeill or the comparable Irish O'Neill .

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


Similar surnames: Gill, Neal, Nell, Neils, Hell, Neil, Nill, Neish, Neville, Neild

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Where is the Neill family from?

You can see how Neill families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neill family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neill families were found in USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 537 Neill families living in Lancashire. This was about 36% of all the recorded Neill's in United Kingdom. Lancashire had the highest population of Neill families in 1891.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neill surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neill 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 Neill. 20% of Neill men worked as a General Labourer and 72% of Neill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neill were Incapacitated and Unpaid Domestic. .

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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
    20%
  • Medical Practitioner
    5%
  • Builders Labourer
    5%
  • Incapacitated
    5%

Top Female Occupations In 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    72%
  • Housewife
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    3%
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Census Records

There are 169,000 census records available for the last name Neill. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neill 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 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Neill. 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.

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Draft Cards

There are 28,000 military records available for the last name Neill. For the veterans among your Neill ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neill lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Neill life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 1999. The average life expectancy for Neill in 1944 was 48, and 72 in 2004.

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