What does Neal mean?
Associated with: irish.
Related boy name: Cornelius.
1 feminine form: Neala.Creative forms:
(male) Nealli, Neli, ..
(female) Neallia, Nele, .. 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)
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.
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.