Heraldry: O’Neill

Title-ONeillEach family connects hundreds of people to form an intricate pattern of ancestors and descendants.  Our origins span the world, our families come from all religions and ways of life.  The common thread of Heraldry links many cultures and establishes the foundations of a Surname before words were a common understanding and images demonstrated a basic understanding to the populace.

This page represents the following Surnames: O’Neill.  O’Neil.  Neil.

Heraldry for every family is represented on each page as it has become available through out our research, as a tribute to the historical and evolutionary process that each family has survived. Name definitions are provided for each family as we find a connection to them, through intermarriage or discovery. Scottish, English and Irish families are represented with tartans, badges and other memorabilia as it becomes available to us. We’ve worked very hard at finding the most accurate and appropriate connections for each surname, if you see an error or have more information to add, please contact us via e-mail at CSGS@SnowStones.com.

O’Neill Name Meaning

From Irish Gaelic, ‘Descendants of Niall’, a personal name probably meaning literally ‘Champion’.
Associated with O’Neil and Neil.

Irish and Scottish: reduced form of Irish Gaelic Ó Néill or Scottish Gaelic Mac Néill ‘descendant (or son) of Niall’, a personal name of Irish origin, thought to mean ‘champion’. The personal name was adopted by Norsemen in the form Njáll, and was brought to England both directly from Ireland by Scandinavian settlers and indirectly (via France) by the Normans. Among the latter it had taken the form Ni(h)el, which was altered by folk etymology to the Latin name Nigellus.

Family Motto: Lamh Dearg Erin (The Red Hand Of Erin – Ireland)

Family Crest:   Coat of Arms

Clan Badge:   Clan

O’Neill Family Tartan


The O’Neill Family Tartan
The O’Neill’s are one of the rare Irish families that have an individual tartan. This particular design was created by Linda Clifford and is similar to several Pipe band tartans.


Additional Resources:

The Association of O’Neill Clans

The O’Neills of Westmeath and Offaly

Surname References from:
Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4
Encyclopedia of Surnames, John Ayto, A & C Black Publishers Ltd, ISBN 978 0 7136 8144 4
(Unless otherwise stated)

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