Neill Family History

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Neill Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of Irish Gaelic Ó Néill or Scottish Gaelic Mac Néill ‘descendant (or son) of Niall’, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean ‘champion’. The personal name was adopted by Norsemen in the form Njáll, and was brought to England both directly from Ireland by Scandinavian settlers and indirectly (via France) by the Normans. Among the latter it had taken the form Ni(h)el, which was altered by folk etymology to the Latin name Nigellus.

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

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

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Neill Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Neill name?

These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Neill. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


  • Norway


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Neill Family Origin

Where is the Neill family from?

Neill Family Occupations

What did your Neill ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Labourer, Carter and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Neill. The most common Neill occupation in the UK was Labourer. 4% of Neill's were Labourers. A less common occupation for the Neill family was Annuitant.

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  • Labourer

  • Carter

  • Tailor

  • Annuitant


Census records can tell you a lot of little known facts about your Neill ancestors, such as occupation. Occupation can tell you about your ancestor's social and economic status.

Neill Historical Records

What Neill family records will you find?

Census Record

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 List

There are 44,000 immigration records available for the last name Neill. 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 Card

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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Neill Life Expectancy

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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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Neill ancestors lived in harsh conditions. A short lifespan might also indicate health problems that were once prevalent in your family. The SSDI is a searchable database of more than 70 million names. You can find birthdates, death dates, addresses and more.

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