McNeely Family Crest
The Scottish and Irish surname McNeely, also found in some areas as McNeeley, is of patronymic origin. The name is an anglicized form of the Gaelic name Mac Néill, a patronymic from the personal name Niall , meaning “champion.” The McNeely family in Scotland is associated with the regions of Barra and Gigha in the Hebrides, The first McNeely immigrants to Ireland came as Gallowglasses (mercenary soldiers) and it is recorded that they were employed as far west as the borders of Connacht as early as 1346. The first written reference to the name is shown to be that of Gilbert McNeill, dated 1329, "Great Seal of Scotland" in Robert the Bruce's reign.
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