"champion or cloud"

Neal Origin and Meaning

The name Neal is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "champion or cloud".

Always the less common spelling of Irish classic Neil, Neal has been on a fifty-year slide, and now doesn't even make the Top 1000. It has a streamlined, surnamey appeal in this spelling.

# 951 in the US

Neal Rank in US Top 1000

Neal Popularity

Famous People Named Neal

  • Neal McDonoughAmerican actor
  • Neal Leon CassadyAmerican Beat figure, inspiration for "On the Road" by Jack Kerouac
  • Neal AdamsAmerican comic book artist
  • Neal Eugene WalkAmerican basketball player
  • Neal George Joseph SchonAmerican guitarist of bands Journey and Bad English
  • Neal HeftiAmerican jazz trumpeter
  • Neal MorseAmerican progressive rock musician
  • Neal McCoy (born Hubert Neal McGaugheyJr.), American country music singer
  • Neal Town StephensonAmerican novelist
  • Neal Elgar MillerAmerican experimental psychologist
  • Neal Carterson of American rapper Lil Wayne
  • Neal PertDrummer and main songwriter for the Canadian rock band Rush
  • Christopher Neal JacksonAmerican actor, singer, musician, and composer

Neal in Pop Culture

  • Neal Caffreymain character on "White Collar"
  • Neal BurkePeter and Elizabeth's son (named after Caffrey) on "White Collar"
  • Neal Cassidy aka Baelfirecharacter on "Once Upon a Time"
  • Neal Scottcharacter from "This Golden Land" by Barbara Wood
  • Nealan "Neal" of Queenscovecharacter from the Tortall series by Tamora Pierce