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    Question The Surname McNeil

    Hello,
    Im new here and wasnt sure where I should post this exactly.
    But my name is McNeil. Spelt just like that. And I have been told by many different people that its Scottish and then some others say Irish. My family is mostly in New Waterford and they are Scottish.
    But I was wondering if McNeil is one or the other or could be both?
    Thanks so much for the help.

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    The name is originally from the Gaelic kingdom of Dál Riata in Scotland and was originally spelt Mac Neill. All it means is Son of Neil. I'm pretty sure the name is common in both countries though.

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    Thats what I been told. And that the spelling has just changed. My family told me I am Irish and Scottish, but I wanna find out which one my last name actually comes from.
    Which Im sure will be very difficult to find out.
    But Im happy with the mix. I just wanted to find out if it was both or one or the other.
    So thanks for clearing that up for me!

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