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What does Neal mean?

Neal Pronunciation of Neal [neal] as a boys' name is pronounced neel. It is of Irish origin. Variant of Neil.

Associated with: irish.


Neal has 4 variants: Neale, Neall, Nealle and Neel.

Related boy name: Cornelius.

12 more related forms via Neil: Nealon, Neilan, Neile, Neill, Neille, Neils, Nels, Nial, Niall, Niel, Nile and Oneal.

1 feminine form: Neala.

Creative forms:
(male) Nele, Neli, ..

(female) Nele, Neno, ..

Middle name pairings:
Neal Jensen (N.J.), ..

How popular is Neal?

Neal is a very popular first name for men (#337 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#333 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Neal reached its highest position of #217 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, and is at #1212 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neal name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neal outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Neil (#639 from current records), Cornelius (#1204), Neel (#1652), Nile, Oneal, Niel, Neill, Neale, Nels and Niall are the prominent alternative forms of Neal (#1212 from current records) appearing in the Top 2000. These forms of Neal were popular as baby names 85 years ago (median #1233) and have become significantly less popular since (#1700, 75.2%), with forms like Neil becoming somewhat dated.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neal, Cornelius, Neale, Neel, Neil in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Neill, Nels, Niall, Niel, Nile, Oneal in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Neil, Niall outside U.S.

Similar Names

Neal is alike in pronunciation to Newall, Newel, Newell, Newhall, Noel, Noll, Nowel and Nowell. Other suggested similar names are Adal, Amal, Beal, Cal, Dal, Deval, Gal, Gemal, Hal, Jelal, Jemal, Nap, Nat, Natal, Nebo, Ned, Neely, Nemo, Ner, Nev, Nevan, Nevil, Niaz, Njal, Noah, Noak, Noam, Oral, Pal, Peal, Sal, Seal, Tal and Val. These names tend to be less frequently used than Neal.