Nealy Family History

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Nealy Name Meaning

Irish: reduced and altered form of McNeely.

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

Similar surnames: Neely, Nealey, Neal, Neily, Healy, Neally, Neary, Neill, Ney, Shealy

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Nealy Ethnicity Estimate

What are the common regions with the Nealy name?

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

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  • England & Wales


  • Cameroon, Congo, & Southern Bantu Peoples


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Benin/Togo


  • Mali


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Nealy Family Origin

Where is the Nealy family from?

Nealy Family Occupations

What did your Nealy ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, a less common occupation for the Nealy family was Carpenter. Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Nealy. The most common Nealy occupation in the USA was Farmer. 38% of Nealy's were Farmers.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Carpenter


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

Nealy Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 16,000 census records available for the last name Nealy. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Nealy 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 1,000 immigration records available for the last name Nealy. 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 Card

There are 3,000 military records available for the last name Nealy. For the veterans among your Nealy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Nealy Life Expectancy

What is the average Nealy lifespan?

Between 1950 and 2004, in the United States, Nealy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1961, and highest in 1963. The average life expectancy for Nealy in 1950 was 55, and 65 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Nealy 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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