The O'Raly surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Raghailligh, which means descendant of Raghallach.
. They were known as the Princes of East
in 981. They maintained their territory during the Anglo/
surrendered the principality to Queen Elizabeth I thereby ensuring that his territories remained intact.
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Raly research.Another 95 words (7 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1669, 1630, 1695, 1689, 1640, 1703, 1689, 1646, 1691 and 1667 are included under the topic Early O'Raly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Many spelling variations
of the surname O'Raly can be found in the archives. One reason for these variations is that ancient scribes and church officials recorded names as they were pronounced, often resulting in a single person being recorded under several different spellings. The different spellings that were found include O'Reilly, O'Reilley, O'Reily, O'Rielly, O'Riely, O'Riley, O'Rilley, Reel and many more.
Notable amongst the family name at this time was Count John O'Reilly; Edmund O'Reilly (1598-1669), Roman Catholic Archbishop of Armagh; Hugh Reily (Reilly or O’Reilly) (c.1630-1695) Irish Member of Parliament for Cavan Borough in the Patriot Parliament of 1689; Philip Og O’Reilly (Gaelic was Phillip Óg O’Raghallaigh)(c.1640-1703), Irish... Another 48 words (3 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Raly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.