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The Oreilly surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Raghailligh, which means descendant of Raghallach.

Oreilly Early Origins



The surname Oreilly 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 of Strongbow, 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.

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Oreilly Spelling Variations


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Oreilly Spelling Variations



Many spelling variations of the surname Oreilly 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.

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Oreilly Early History


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Oreilly Early History



This web page shows only a small excerpt of our Oreilly 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 Oreilly History in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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Oreilly Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Oreilly Early Notables (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 Oreilly Notables in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.

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The Great Migration


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The Great Migration



In the 19th century, thousands of Irish left their English-occupied homeland for North Ameri ca. Like most new world settlers, the Irish initially settled on the eastern shores of the continent but began to move westward with the promise of owning land. The height of this Irish migration came during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. With apparently nothing to lose, Irish people left on ships bound for North America and Australia. Unfortunately a great many of these passengers lost their lives - the only thing many had left - to disease, starvation, and accidents during the long and dangerous journey. Those who did safely arrive in "the land of opportunities" were often used for the hard labor of building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. The Irish were critical to the quick development of the infrastructure of the United States and Canada. Passenger and immigration lists indicate that members of the Oreilly family came to North America quite early:

Oreilly Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Alexander, Bernard, Christopher, James, Patrick, Terence, and Thomas O'Reilly arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, between 1840 and 1860

Oreilly Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Alice O'Reilly, aged 24, who emigrated to America from Dublin, in 1900
  • Alma O'Reilly, aged 9, who landed in America, in 1903
  • Andrew O'Reilly, aged 22, who emigrated to the United States from Cootehill High Briagan, Ireland, in 1906
  • A. E. O'Reilly, aged 21, who settled in America from London, England, in 1909
  • Alice O'Reilly, aged 30, who landed in America from Carrigan, Ireland, in 1910
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Oreilly Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Thomas O'Reilly arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick aboard the ship "Protector" in 1834

Oreilly Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael O'Reilly, aged 24, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • John Boyle O'Reilly (1844-1890), Irish convict who arrived in Western Australia aboard the ship "Hougoumont", the last convict ship in 1868

Oreilly Settlers in New Zealand in the 19th Century

  • John O'Reilly, aged 25, a labourer, arrived in Auckland, New Zealand aboard the ship "Eveline" in 1865

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Contemporary Notables of the name Oreilly (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Oreilly (post 1700)



  • Mary Margaret O'Reilly (1865-1949), American Assistant Director of the United States Bureau of the Mint
  • Charles Francis O'Reilly, American founder of O'Reilly Auto Parts in 1957, now with 4,100 stores throughout the United States
  • William James "Bill" O'Reilly Jr. (b. 1949), American television host, author, syndicated columnist, best known for his political commentary program The O'Reilly Factor on the Fox News Channel
  • Tim O'Reilly (b. 1954), Irish-born, American founder of O'Reilly Media, known for his support of free software and open source movements
  • Heather O'Reilly (b. 1985), American soccer player, three-time Olympic Gold medalist
  • David J. O'Reilly (b. 1947), American former Chairman and CEO of Chevron Corporation
  • Samuel O'Reilly (d. 1908), American inventor of the modern tattoo gun
  • Robert O'Reilly (b. 1950), American actor
  • Leonora O’Reilly (1870-1927), American feminist, suffragist, and trade union organizer
  • Jack O'Reilly (b. 1914), former Irish footballer
  • ... (Another 13 notables are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

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Oreilly Historic Events


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Oreilly Historic Events




HMS Hood

  • Mr. Dennis P O'Reilly (b. 1921), English Stoker 2nd Class serving for the Royal Navy from Eastbourne, Sussex, England, who sailed into battle on the HMS Hood and died on 24th May 1941 in the sinking

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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Shaw, William A. Knights of England A Complete Record from the Earliest Time to the Present Day of the Knights of all the Orders of Chivalry in England, Scotland, Ireland and Knights Bachelors 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 080630443X).
    2. Colletta, John P. They Came In Ships. Salt Lake City: Ancestry, 1993. Print.
    3. Johnson, Daniel F. Irish Emigration to New England Through the Port of Saint John, New Brunswick Canada 1841-1849. Baltimore, Maryland: Clearfield, 1996. Print.
    4. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    5. Read, Charles Anderson. The Cabinet of Irish Literature Selections from the Works of the Chief Poets, Orators and Prose Writers of Ireland 4 Volumes. London: Blackie and Son, 1884. Print.
    6. Land Owners in Ireland. Genealogical Publishing. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1203-3).
    7. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
    8. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    9. Harris, Ruth-Ann and B. Emer O'Keefe. The Search for Missing Friends Irish Immigrant Advertisements Placed in the Boston Pilot Volume II 1851-1853. Boston, MA: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1991. Print.
    10. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
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    The Oreilly Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Oreilly Family Crest was drawn according to heraldic standards based on published blazons. We generally include the oldest published family crest once associated with each surname.

    This page was last modified on 20 November 2016 at 13:45.

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