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 Family Origin

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Neill Family 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 UK named Neill. 3% of Neill men worked as a General Labourer and 50% of Neill women worked as an Unpaid Domestic Duties. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neill were Medical Practitioner and Unpaid Domestic

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Top Male Occupations in 1939

  • General Labourer
  • Builders Labourer
  • Incapacitated
  • Medical Practitioner

Top Female Occupations in 1939

  • Unpaid Domestic Duties
  • Housewife
  • Private Means
  • Unpaid Domestic

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Neill Historical Records

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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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