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Neil Surname Origin
In the Cornish British signifies power, might, that is, the powerful or mighty. Neul or Nial, in the Gaelic, signifies a cloud or hue; figuratively, a dark complexion.
Source: An Etymological Dictionary of Family and Christian Names With an Essay on their Derivation and Import; Arthur, William, M.A.; New York, NY: Sheldon, Blake, Bleeker & CO., 1857.
Neil Surname Meaning and Family Facts
There is more to Neil family history than the origin of your surname:
A Neil Family History Thought:
'We are all omnibuses in which our ancestors ride, and every now and then one of them sticks his head out and embarrasses us.' --Oliver Wendell Homes