The name ‘Neal’ originates from England, Scotland, and Ireland. It is derived from given name of Irish origin, Gaelic name ‘Niall’ (genesis ‘Neill’), thought to mean ‘Champion’. This was adopted by Norsemen in the form of ‘Njall’, and was brought to England both directly from Ireland by Scandinavian settlers and indirectly by the Normans. Among the latter it had taken the form ‘Ni(h)el’, which was altered by folk etymology to thr Latin form ‘Nigellus’, ‘Nigel’. Variant´s: ‘Neill’, ‘Neild’, ‘Neel(e)’, ‘Neeld’, ‘Nell’, ‘Niall’, ‘Niell’, ‘Niel(d)’, ‘Nihell’, ‘Nihill’. Compiled information from Historical and Private archive’s has confirmed that the surname ‘Neal’ and or it’s variant’s, dates as far back as the 13th century were a ‘Roger fil Nigelli’, from the County of Linconshire, England, is recorded on the Hundred Rolls in 1273. The exact period of settlement in North America has not been definately determined but Information extracted from Public and Civil registry archive’s confirm that one of the first settlers was a certain ‘Thomas Neale’, aged 18, a labourer by trade, from the city of London, … Coat of arms: Paly of six argent and azure, o…
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