What does Neal mean?
For more on this name, see also the related boy name Cornelius.
Neal has 1 feminine form: Neala.
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. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Neal for boys. Neal reached its highest position of #235 in the U.S. during the years 1950-1959, but is not in the Top 1000 currently. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Neil (#655 the previous year), Niles, Oneal, Niall, Nels and Cornelius are the prominent alternative forms of Neal appearing in the Top 1000. These boy names were at the height of their popularity during the years 1880-1889 (usage of 0.4013%) and have become significantly less popular since (usage 0.0493%, down 87.7%), with the forms Neil, Cornelius, Nels and Neal becoming less trendy. Below is a charted analysis of the popularity of Neal and affiliated names. (2014 Birth Statistics)