Neel Family Crest
The Scottish surname Neel, also found in Ireland, is of patronymic origin being a  reduced form the Gaelic name Ó Néill  meaning “descendant of Niall,” a personal name of Irish origin, meaning “champion.”They claim descent  from Domhnall, grandson of Niall Glun Dubh (Black Knee), King of Ireland, who was killed by the Norsemen circa 890 A.D. The family are said to have the oldest traceable genealogy in Europe, a remote ancestor being Niall of the Nine Hostages, the legendary 4th Century High King of Ireland. The name is found in Scotlanfd as early as the 11th Century.

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