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Neely Family History

Neely Name Meaning

Irish (Tyrone and Derry): shortened form of McNeilly from Mac an Fhilidh ‘son of the poet’.

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


Similar surnames: Neeley, Nealy, Neily, Neels, Neal, Keeley, Neil, Neils, Nee, Ney

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Where is the Neely family from?

You can see how Neely families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neely family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neely families were found in USA in 1880. In 1840 there were 65 Neely families living in Pennsylvania. This was about 23% of all the recorded Neely's in USA. Pennsylvania had the highest population of Neely families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neely surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neely ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Farmer and Teacher were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neely. 19% of Neely men worked as a Farmer and 9% of Neely women worked as a Teacher. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neely were Truck Driver and Housewife. .

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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 1940

  • Farmer
    19%
  • Laborer
    18%
  • Salesman
    5%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Teacher
    9%
  • Maid
    8%
  • Stenographer
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

There are 7,000 immigration records available for the last name Neely. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

There are 24,000 military records available for the last name Neely. For the veterans among your Neely ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neely lifespan?

Between 1944 and 2004, in the United States, Neely life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2003. The average life expectancy for Neely in 1944 was 25, and 75 in 2004.

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