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What does the name "Neal" mean?

Neal (Irish): Champion or Passionate

The name "Neal" is of Irish origin and it means "Champion or Passionate". It's a name commonly given to boys. There are 4 other names that are similar to this one.

N is for natural, the genuine side of you.

E is for eternal, your spirit will live.

A is for affirm, the certainty of knowledge.

L is for loyalty, that you show.

Your name in reverse order is "Laen". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Elna". How do you pronounce that?

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How popular is the name "Neal" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Neal? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 54,046 babies born with the name Neal in the United States. That's more than enough Neals to occupy the country of Saint Kitts and Nevis with an estimated population of 54,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name first appeared in the year 1880 when it was given to 43 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Neal" was in 1959 with a total of 1,224 babies. (That's a lot of baby Neals)

According to the 1982 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Neal" is not a popular baby boy's name in California. Imagine that, only 46 babies in California have the same name as you in 1982. Across the entire United States a total of only 555 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

Where is the name Neal popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Neal in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the south west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Neal

Neal McDonough

Neal McDonough is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1990 to present. Neal was born in 1966 as Neal P. McDonough in Boston, Massachusetts, U.S.


Neal Stephenson

Neal Stephenson is a novelist, short story writer, and essayist. Neal was born in 1959 as Neal Town Stephenson in Fort Meade, Maryland, United States.


Neal Schon

Neal Schon is a musician and songwriter with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1968 to present. Neal was born in 1954 as Neal Joseph Schon in Tinker Air Force Base, Oklahoma, United States.


Neal Israel

Neal Israel is a director, producer, writer and actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1973 to present. Neal was born in 1956.


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