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Mcneil Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: Anglicized form of Gaelic Mac Néill, a patronymic from the personal name Niall (genitive Néill), thought to mean ‘champion’ (see Neill). In Scotland MacNeills are associated with Barra and Gigha in the Hebrides; some of them went to Antrim and Derry in Ireland.

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


Similar surnames: Mcnelis, Mcnair, Mcnee, Mckell, Mcneely, Mcnevin, Mckim, Mcnall

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Where is the Mcneil family from?

You can see how Mcneil families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Mcneil family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Mcneil families were found in the USA in 1880. In 1891 there were 152 Mcneil families living in Lancashire. This was about 34% of all the recorded Mcneil's in the UK. Lancashire had the highest population of Mcneil families in 1891.
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What did your Mcneil ancestors do for a living?

In 1939, General Labourer and Unpaid Domestic Duties were the top reported jobs for men and women in the UK named Mcneil. 15% of Mcneil men worked as a General Labourer and 74% of Mcneil women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Mcneil were Labourer and Private Means.

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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
    15%
  • Incapacitated
    11%
  • Bricklayer
    6%
  • Labourer
    6%

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
    74%
  • Unpaid Domestic
    4%
  • Housekeeper
    3%
  • Private Means
    3%
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Census Records

There are 208,000 census records available for the last name Mcneil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Mcneil 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 65,000 immigration records available for the last name Mcneil. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 33,000 military records available for the last name Mcneil. For the veterans among your Mcneil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Mcneil lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Mcneil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1955, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Mcneil in 1943 was 43, and 71 in 2004.

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