TheO'Neal Family Migration Page

Our first records of the O'Neal Family are from the coastal portion of the State of Maryland in the mid 1600's. (1) The O'Neals resided in Maryland for several generations, gradually moving eastward as the colonies grew, (2) (3) following (or leading) the general migration patterns of colonial families. During this time it seems the family moved pretty much as a group, making mass exoduses into the new frontier as a group.

O'Neal migration Map

During the late 1700's until the time of the Civil War (1860's) the family seems to have changed their migration pattern. They were making much larger moves in smaller family units. (4) (5) I've often wondered if this was a result of the Civil War sympathies of the 1800's or the struggle over state versus federal control.  Part of the family began moving south (4) and part north and west. (4) (5) (6).

By the 1900's the family had grown so large that it is virtually impossible to trace any kind of pattern.(7)

In 1975 the breakdown of O'Neal's in America was as follows:


Total O'Neal families: 12,445
AL
413
ME
41
OR
103
AK
6
MD
127
PA
193
AZ
87
MA
60
RI
5
AR
281
MI
312
SC
389
CA
1030
MN
50
SD
21
CO
108
MS
361
TN
510
CT
36
MO
499
TX
1545
DE
137
NE
55
UT
25
FL
880
NV
43
VT
8
GA
802
MT
17
VA
230
HI
13
NH
20
WA
177
ID
27
HJ
0
WV
107
IL
544
NM
62
WI
64
IN
334
NY
238
WY
26
IA
97
NC
866
GU
0
KS
147
ND
4
DC
43
KY
175
OH
469
PR
0
LA
351
OK
327
CZ
0

Note that over 25 years have elapsed since these statistics were gathered. That means each of the families listed above has had time to produce a whole new generation of O'Neals who are probably busy right now reproducing!



The Distribution map below was sent to me by Bev Crowe and was originated by Ed Hamrick.
It is reproduced here with Ed's permission.
If you would like to look at other surname distribution maps visit Ed's Web Site by clicking on the map below.
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The color of each state indicates how frequently you will find someone with this surname in each state. For instance, if a state is colored red, then 1 in 100 people (or more) in that state have the surname. Similarly, yellow means approximately 1 in 300 have the surname, green means 1 in 1000, and blue means 1 in 10,000 (or less).

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Sources:
Migration Patterns: The Descendants of John O'Neale, 1670-2001, John W. O'Neal, II, 2001
Statistics Chart: The O'Neal Family Heritage Book, Beatrice Bayley, 1982
Distribution Map: Ed Hamrick, http://hamrick.com/names/

Disclaimer: The migration pattern shown above is not meant to be a factual representation of the entire O'Neal migration route, but instead a general representation or pattern of travel.

The maps below show the first Families found in counties and states, and gives an indication of the times when migrations took place.