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Neals Name Meaning

Variant spelling of Dutch and North German Niels or Neels. Perhaps also a variant of Irish Neill, with the addition of English patronymic -s.

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


Similar surnames: Neils, Neall, Nehls, Neels, Neale, Neal, Neas, Keal, Beals, Seals

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Where is the Neals family from?

You can see how Neals families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Neals family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Neals families were found in United Kingdom in 1891. In 1840 there were 2 Neals families living in Delaware. This was about 40% of all the recorded Neals's in USA. Delaware and 1 other state had the highest population of Neals families in 1840.
Use census records and voter lists to see where families with the Neals surname lived. Within census records, you can often find information like name of household members, ages, birthplaces, residences, and occupations.

What did your Neals ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Cook were the top reported jobs for men and women in the USA named Neals. 44% of Neals men worked as a Laborer and 25% of Neals women worked as a Cook. Some less common occupations for Americans named Neals were Clerk and Servant. .

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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

  • Laborer
    44%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Farm Laborer
    10%
  • Clerk
    8%

Top Female Occupations In 1940

  • Cook
    25%
  • Maid
    19%
  • Farm Laborer
    13%
  • Servant
    10%
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Census Records

There are 4,000 census records available for the last name Neals. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neals 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 398 immigration records available for the last name Neals. 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 436 military records available for the last name Neals. For the veterans among your Neals ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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What is the average Neals lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Neals life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1943, and highest in 1972. The average life expectancy for Neals in 1943 was 29, and 35 in 2004.

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