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  • Adriaan Nel, b2c7 (bef.1736 - d.)
    Updated from MyHeritage Family Trees via wife Margaretha Wilhemina ('maggie') Van Der Merwe (born Coetzee) by SmartCopy : Apr 24 2015, 21:07:57 UTC
  • Adriaan Nel, a1b9 (bef.1703 - 1769)
    Name Adriaan Nel Event Type Baptism Event Date 23 Nov 1703 Event Place Stellenbosch, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa Father's Name Willem Nel Mother's Name Johanna Labot Citing this Record"South ...
  • Adriaan/Aderjan Nel (twin) (bef.1745 - d.)
    Aderjan Nel in South Africa, Dutch Reformed Church Registers (Cape Town Archives), 1660-1970* Event Type Baptism * Event Date 19 Sep 1745 * Event Place Stellenbosch, Cape of Good Hope, South Africa ...
  • Adriana Nel, b10c1 (bef.1726 - c.1759)
    b9c1 AdrianaNel » 31.3.1726, x Willem Johannes van Zyl

About the Nel surname

The NEL surname originated from The Viking name NJAL. A clan of Vikings settled in Ireland c. 500 B.C. and became known as the UI NEILL/O' NEILL clan. According to tradition, they descended from HEREMON, son of MILLISIUS, the first absolute Monarch of Ireland. The O' NEILLS of ULSTER are the oldest traceable family left in Europe. NIALL is an Irish word which means CHAMPION. The O' NEILLS settled in the Tara area, now County Meath, Ireland. A branch of the O' NEILLS moved to LYONS FRANCE c.1300 A.D. where the name was modified to NEIL/NEEL. When the French Huguenots fled to The Netherlands, the FRENCH pronunciation of NE - EL led to the Dutch modifying the surname to NEL.