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Neal

First Name
54k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
92k
in the U.S.
in 2010
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Meanings and Origins

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Origin and Meaning of Neal

"Neal" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Champion or Passionate". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Neal
To anneal.
verb Neal
To be tempered by heat.
Wiktionary
  1. A patronymic surname​ derived from Niall.
  2. A male given name, transferred from the surname, or a spelling variant of Neil.

Notable Persons Named Neal

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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

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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.

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Fannie Flagg is a notable individual. 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.

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

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Neal in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 43 0 43
1881 33 0 33
1882 35 0 35
1883 29 0 29
1884 36 0 36
1885 33 0 33
1886 40 0 40
1887 37 0 37
1888 37 0 37
1889 38 0 38
1890 40 0 40
1891 35 0 35
1892 35 0 35
1893 33 0 33
1894 41 0 41
1895 38 0 38
1896 35 0 35
1897 43 0 43
1898 40 0 40
1899 33 0 33
1900 58 0 58
1901 34 5 29
1902 46 0 46
1903 49 0 49
1904 44 0 44
1905 45 0 45
1906 48 5 43
1907 48 0 48
1908 52 6 46
1909 48 0 48
1910 70 5 65
1911 63 0 63
1912 139 12 127
1913 143 0 143
1914 181 5 176
1915 233 5 228
1916 290 7 283
1917 287 10 277
1918 293 6 287
1919 299 5 294
1920 377 6 371
1921 353 9 344
1922 393 5 388
1923 410 0 410
1924 413 6 407
1925 429 11 418
1926 423 6 417
1927 391 7 384
1928 383 7 376
1929 351 9 342
1930 381 0 381
1931 377 6 371
1932 383 8 375
1933 367 5 362
1934 440 0 440
1935 420 5 415
1936 426 7 419
1937 435 5 430
1938 445 0 445
1939 444 0 444
1940 507 0 507
1941 542 0 542
1942 569 0 569
1943 534 0 534
1944 570 0 570
1945 586 7 579
1946 676 0 676
1947 735 5 730
1948 718 5 713
1949 740 0 740
1950 853 5 848
1951 961 7 954
1952 1,144 0 1,144
1953 969 0 969
1954 1,084 0 1,084
1955 1,070 9 1,061
1956 1,102 0 1,102
1957 1,190 0 1,190
1958 1,158 0 1,158
1959 1,223 0 1,223
1960 1,190 0 1,190
1961 1,120 0 1,120
1962 1,032 0 1,032
1963 1,099 5 1,094
1964 1,128 0 1,128
1965 892 7 885
1966 814 0 814
1967 748 6 742
1968 651 0 651
1969 704 0 704
1970 718 0 718
1971 601 0 601
1972 533 0 533
1973 538 0 538
1974 591 7 584
1975 647 0 647
1976 554 5 549
1977 625 0 625
1978 584 0 584
1979 643 6 637
1980 593 0 593
1981 596 0 596
1982 555 0 555
1983 580 5 575
1984 565 0 565
1985 562 0 562
1986 547 5 542
1987 456 0 456
1988 459 0 459
1989 521 0 521
1990 463 0 463
1991 444 0 444
1992 396 0 396
1993 384 0 384
1994 294 0 294
1995 258 0 258
1996 262 0 262
1997 246 0 246
1998 208 0 208
1999 185 0 185
2000 177 0 177
2001 171 0 171
2002 169 0 169
2003 129 0 129
2004 111 0 111
2005 131 0 131
2006 138 0 138
2007 116 0 116
2008 111 0 111
2009 113 0 113
2010 114 0 114
2011 97 0 97
2012 105 0 105
2013 99 0 99
2014 120 0 120
2015 151 0 151
2016 150 0 150

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Popularity of Neal as a first name

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Popularity of Neal as a last name

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Common last names for Neal

  • Smith
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Jones
  • Miller
  • Anderson
  • Thompson
  • Clark
  • Nelson
  • Harris
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Robinson
  • Moore
  • Campbell

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

  • How Popular is the name Neal? Neal is the 935th 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 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54,364 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 1,223 babies. That's a lot of babies named Neal!
  • Random Neal Factoid: According to the 1952 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Neal ranks 87th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Hawaii. Imagine that, 23 babies in Hawaii have the same name as you in 1952.
  • Weird things about the name Neal: Your name in reverse order is Laen. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Neal. 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!

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  • Sources:
  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
  • Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.