The O'Raly surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Raghailligh, which means descendant of Raghallach.
Early Origins of the O'Raly family
The surname O'Raly was first found in County Cavan
. They were known as the Princes of East Breffny
, descended from Raghallaigh, Prince of Breffny
in 981. They maintained their territory during the Anglo/ Norman invasion
, Earl of Pembroke, in 1172, but Sir John O'Reilly, Prince of Breffny
surrendered the principality to Queen Elizabeth I thereby ensuring that his territories remained intact.
Early History of the O'Raly family
This web page shows only a small excerpt of our O'Raly research.Another 189 words (14 lines of text) covering the years 1598, 1669, 1630, 1695, 1689, 1640, 1703, 1689, 1646 and 1691 are included under the topic Early O'Raly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
O'Raly Spelling Variations
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.
Early Notables of the O'Raly family (pre 1700)
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... Another 35 words (2 lines of text) are included under the topic Early O'Raly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.
Migration of the O'Raly family to the New World and Oceana
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
O'Raly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- David O'Raly, aged 21, a miner, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Storm Cloud"