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What does Neale mean?

Neale Pronunciation of Neale [neale] as a name for boys (also used as girls' name Neale) is of Irish derivation. Neale is a version of Neal (Irish): variation of Neil.

Associated with: irish.


Neale has 8 variants: Neall, Neel, Neile, Neill, Nial, Niall, Niel and Nile.

8 more alternative forms via Neal, Neil: Nealle, Nealon, Neilan, Neille, Neils, Nels, Niles and Oneal.

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

(female) Neane, Neate, ..

Middle name pairings:
Neale Noel (N.N.), ..

How popular is Neale?

Neale is an uncommon first name for males but a very popular surname for both adults and children (#7996 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Neale entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #1601 in the U.S. then, but is not ranked at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source forms and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Neale are Neil (#639 the previous year), Neal (#1212), Neel (#1652), Nile, Niel, Oneal, Niles, Nels, Neill and Niall. Adoption of these forms of Neale was at its apex during the years 1950-1959 (adoption of 0.2%) and has become much reduced since, with forms such as Neal becoming somewhat outmoded.

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

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

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

Similar Names

Neale is alike in pronunciation to Newall, Newel, Newell, Newhall, Noel and Noll. Other suggested similar names are Bale, Beale, Bealle, Berle, Cale, Dale, Dekle, Gale, Hale, Kale, Kelle, Lale, Merle, Nagle, Natale, Nate, Neely, Nevile, Nevyle (see Neville), Njal, Noble, Peale, Pealle, Peele, Searle, Udale (see Udell), Vale, Verle, Yale and Zale. These names tend to be more frequently used than Neale.