My name is Geneal too. I was born in 1960 in Robinson, N.D. and grew up there. As far as I know, I was named after Geneal Halverson Hall and several little Geneal's followed after I was born.
Maybe we know some of the same people. I am now in California and have always loved my (our) name. I went under Reedy a class nickname-- instead of Geneal this time but wanted to change--then ran across your post.