John W Neal

Brief Life History of John W

When John W Neal was born on 17 April 1859, in Kentucky, United States, his father, Hiram L Neal, was 31 and his mother, Martha C Cunningham, was 22. He married Nancy E White on 8 July 1886, in Knox, Tennessee, United States. They were the parents of at least 5 sons and 3 daughters. He lived in Civil District 15, Knox, Tennessee, United States in 1920 and District 15, Liberty, Georgia, United States in 1930. He died on 4 December 1934, in Knox, Tennessee, United States, at the age of 75.

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John W Neal
Nancy E White
Marriage: 8 July 1886
Thomas Loyd Neal
Robert E Neal
Anna Elizabeth Neal
William Neal
Charles Lambert Neal
Gertrude Mae Neal
Herbert Neal
Maud Neal

Sources (12)

  • John W. Nila in household of H. L. Nila, "United States Census, 1880"
  • John Neal, "Tennessee, Marriages, 1796-1950"
  • John W. Neal, "Tennessee Deaths, 1914-1966"

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Name Meaning

English (of Norman origin): from the Old French, Anglo-Norman French, and Middle English personal name Neel, Nele, Nihel, Niel, itself derived from the Latin name Nigellus (a diminutive of Latin niger ‘black’), originally a nickname for someone with black hair or a dark complexion. The name was very common among Normans and was brought to England at the time of the Norman Conquest. There has been considerable confusion with the Irish and Scottish Gaelic name Niall (see Neil ); the two names are now pronounced identically. It is theoretically possible that in Normandy, where the personal name was popular, that it was also used for Old Norse Njáll, but this is difficult to prove. Njáll was adopted from the Irish Gaelic personal name Niall by Vikings in Ireland, who took it back to Iceland and Norway, but whether the Vikings also took Njáll to Normandy and to the northwest of England, is an open question, which cannot be settled on the available evidence.

English: alternatively from the Middle English personal name Nele, a variant of Nell as a pet form of Elias (see Ellis ). Compare Nelson , Nielson .

Scottish and Irish: shortened form of McNeal (see McNeil ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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