Neil Family History

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Neil Name Meaning

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of McNeil or variant of Neill.

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

Similar surnames: Neal, Neils, Neily, Neill, Neel, Neild, Nell, Nee, Feil, Peil

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Neil Family Origin

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Neil Family Occupations

What did your Neil ancestors do for a living?

In 1880, Farmer, Laborer and Keeping House were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Neil. The most common Neil occupation in the USA was Farmer. 36% of Neil's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Neil family was Farm Laborer.

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  • Farmer

  • Laborer

  • Keeping House

  • Farm Laborer


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

Neil Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 259,000 census records available for the last name Neil. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Neil 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 36,000 immigration records available for the last name Neil. 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 29,000 military records available for the last name Neil. For the veterans among your Neil ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Neil Life Expectancy

What is the average Neil lifespan?

Between 1943 and 2004, in the United States, Neil life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1954, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Neil in 1943 was 46, and 76 in 2004.

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An unusually short lifespan might indicate that your Neil 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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