Last name: Neale

This interesting name has had a long and varied history. It is derived from the old Irish and Gaelic "Nial" meaning "the Champion" a fact which has no doubt contributed to its long popularity. What makes the name different is that it reached England via Iceland, Norway and France, being introduced by the Normans in 1066. It is often not appreciated that the original Vikings first landed in Ireland circa 7th Century and then "returned home" through Iceland before ultimately invading both Britain and what is now Normandy (the place of the Norse-men). The early recordings include Willemus filius Nigelli in the 1086 Domesday Book (Nigel being a variant of Nial), Willelmus Nel of Yorkshire in 1304, Roger Niel of Suffolk (1319), whilst Amos Neale was christened at St. Giles Church, Cripplegate, on August 18th 1585, and married on August 21st 1608, to Elizabeth Brooke at St. Gregory by St. Paul's Cathedral. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of Robertus Neel which was dated 1208, in the "Berkshire Curia Pipe Rolls", during the reign of King John, known as "Lackland", 1199 - 1216. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.

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Tom Neale

Personally I quite like the Italian/Latin mispronunciation I get sometimes: nee-ah-lay

Marina Neale

I've never met anyone else with the last name Neale spelled with the "e" on the end. I don't know anything about my dads side of the family and I am interested in learning more. The only thing that we know is that his ancestors lived in Kentucky at one point.

Priscilla Neale
My maiden name is Neale. What I was told is that my family was originally from Irerland and was spelled (Neal). The story goes that our family faught for an English king and he had our family change their last name to (Neale) and where given a title, crown lands and a coat of arms, The coat of arms was a Lion holding a iron crown (for being the first to scale the castle walls and taking over the opposing kings castle)

My maiden name was Neale and i am looking for a tartan to match it,is there anyone out there who knows the answer?

Keith neale
Neale is now quite a popular first name and nothing wrong with spelling it that way. My gas engineer is neale his first name

i am a neale

Grant Kitchener (Neale)
My great-grandma was a Kathy Neale; father an Irish labourer called Andrew who came to London area.Am now proud to be Anglo-Irish !! Grant Kitchener (email

Mrs Neale
Not spelt that way!! Mrs Neale Southampton

Is often used as first name :-)