Neal name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

What does the name Neal mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Neal

User Submitted Origins

Puerto Rican

User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from India, the name Neal means "Champion".
  2. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Neal means "A White collar worker".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Neal
To anneal.
verb Neal
To be tempered by heat.
  1. A patronymic surname​ derived from Niall.
  2. A male given name from Irish, transferred from the surname.
  3. A male given name, variant of Neil.

Notable Persons Named Neal

Notable Persons Named Neal

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough is an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1990 to present. Neal was given the name Neal P. McDonough on February 13th, 1966 in Boston, Massachusetts, United States. Neal is also known as Neil McDonough.

Neal Schon

Neal Schon is a hard rock, instrumental rock, progressive rock, jazz fusion, and smooth jazz musician. He plays Guitar, Gibson Les Paul, PRS Guitars, Fender Stratocaster, and Vocals. He was most prominent from 1968 to present. Neal was given the name Neal Joseph Schon on February 27th, 1954 in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, United States.

Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is a speculative fiction, historical fiction, and essay writer. He was most active from 1984 to present. Neal was given the name Neal Town Stephenson on October 31st, 1959 in Fort Meade, Maryland, United States.

Neal Katyal

Neal Katyal is a Principal Deputy Solicitor General of the United States and Solicitor General of the United States. Neal was born on March 12th, 1970 in Chicago.

Neal Brennan

Neal Brennan is a satire, political satire, sketch comedy, observational comedy, black comedy, and ribaldry comedian. Neal was born on October 19th, 1973 in United States.

Neal Cassady

Neal Cassady was a beat generation writer. Neal was given the name Neal Leon Cassady on February 8th, 1926 in Salt Lake City. He died on February 4th, 1968.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Neal

Notable Persons With the Last Name Neal

Patricia Neal

Patricia Neal was an actress. She was most prominent from 1945 to 2009. Patricia was given the name Patsy Louise Neal on January 20th, 1926 in Packard, Kentucky, U.S. She passed away on August 8th, 2010.

Diane Neal

Diane Neal is an actress and actor. She has had major accomplishments since 2001. Diane was born on November 17th, 1975 in Alexandria, Virginia.

Elise Neal

Elise Neal is an actor, dance, actress, and dancer. She was most active from 1992 to present. Elise was born on March 14th, 1966 in Memphis, Tennessee, U.S.

Fannie Flagg

She has been prominent since 1966. Fannie was given the name Patricia Neal by her parents Maiden and married names on September 21st, 1944 in Birmingham, Alabama, U.S.

Dylan Neal

Dylan Neal is an actor. He was most prominent from 1988 to present. Dylan was born on October 8th, 1969 in Richmond Hill, Ontario.

Gary Neal

Gary Neal is a basketball player for the Washington Wizards, Pınar Karşıyaka, FC Barcelona, Benetton Basket, Baloncesto Málaga, San Antonio Spurs, Milwaukee Bucks, Charlotte Hornets, and Minnesota Timberwolves in the National Basketball Association. His most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Gary was born on October 3rd, 1984 in Baltimore.

  • Phil Neal
    Soccer Player
  • Edwin Neal
  • Richard Neal
  • James Neal
    Hockey Player
  • Craig Neal
    Basketball Player
  • Lorenzo Neal
    Football Player
  • Tom Neal
  • Stephen Neal
    Football Player
  • Jesse Neal
  • Jeff Neal
  • Mike Neal
  • Matt Neal
    Racing Driver
  • Curly Neal
    Basketball Player
  • Chris Neal
    Soccer Player

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Neal U.S.
  White 62.10% 64.26%
  African American 31.84% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.60% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.68% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.61% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.16% 16.26%

Of Last Name Neal

People with the last name Neal are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Neal

  • What name lists does Neal rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Neal? Neal is the 967th most popular name of all time. As a last name Neal was the 337th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Neal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54,718 babies born with the first name Neal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Neal to occupy the country of Marshall Islands with an estimated population of 54,305 (as of July 1, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Neal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 43 new born babies.
  • When was Neal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Neal is Monday, September 26th, 1870.
  • What year had the most people named Neal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Neal was in 1959 with a total of 1,221 babies. That's a lot of babies named Neal!
  • Random Neal Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Neal ranks 101st in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 16 babies in North Dakota have the same name in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Neal: The name spelled backwards is Laen. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Alne. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Neal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 91,694 people with the last name Neal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Neal? Neal was ranked as the 337th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Neal name meaning

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