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Meaning and name origin

Neal \neal\ as a boy's name is pronounced neel. It is of Irish origin. Variant of Neil.


Neal has 4 variant forms: Neale, Neall, Nealle and Neel.

For more information, see also the related boy name Cornelius.

There is 1 feminine form of Neal: Neala.


Neal is a very popular first name for males (#337 out of 1220, Top 28%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#271 out of 88799, Top 0%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Neal for boys (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Neal name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Neal and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Neil (#655), Cornelius and Neal. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Neil, Cornelius, Neal in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Neal is also pronounced similarly to Neile, Neill, Newall, Newel, Nial, Niall, Niel, Noel and Noll. Other suggested similar baby names are Beal, Neely, Njal, Peal and Seal. These names tend to be less commonly used than Neal.