I was trying to trace my geneology and its unclear whether it’s Irish, English, or Scottish. It was originally McNeill if that helps.

3 Responses to “Does anyone know what kind of a last name MacNeill is?”

  • Chica-Bonitax:

    I am pretty sure it’s Scottish.
    My english teachers name was Charles Mcneil and he was telling us about kilts & stuff in his family… it’s a little memory in my head but I’m pretty sure he was telling us he’s scottish). Sorry if that didn’t make much sense but yeah!! lol

  • Tall Willow:

    I don’t claim to be an expert, but in general, names that start with “Mac” are Scottish in origin and names that start with “Mc” are Irish in origin. IIRC, it comes from the versions of Gaelic spoken in the 2 countries.

  • Erik Van Thienen:

    “Clan MacNeil, also known in Scotland as Clan Niall, is a highland Scottish clan, particularly associated with the Outer Hebridean island of Barra. The early history of Clan Macneil is obscure, however despite this the clan claims to descend from the legendary Niall of the nine hostages. The clan itself takes its name from a Niall who lived in the 13th or early 14th century.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Clan_MacNeil

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall_of_the_nine_hostages

    “Niall is a male given name of Gaelic origin, derived from the Irish Niachas meaning “chivalry” or ‘champion’.”

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Niall

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