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

Reiley Early Origins



The surname Reiley 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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Reiley Spelling Variations


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Reiley Spelling Variations



The Middle Ages saw a great number of spelling variations for surnames common to the Irish landscape. One reason for these variations is the fact that surnames were not rigidly fixed by this period. The following variations for the name Reiley were encountered in the archives: O'Reilly, O'Reilley, O'Reily, O'Rielly, O'Riely, O'Riley, O'Rilley, Reel and many more.

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Reiley Early History


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Reiley Early History



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

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Reiley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reiley 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 Reiley 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



Death and immigration greatly reduced Ireland's population in the 19th century. For the native Irish people poverty, hunger, and racial prejudice was common. Therefore, thousands left their homeland to seek opportunity in North Ameri ca. Those who survived the journey and the quarantine camps to which they arrived, were instrumental towards building the strong developing nations of the United States and the future Canada. By far, the largest influx of Irish settlers occurred with Great Potato Famine during the late 1840s. These were employed as construction or factory workers. An examination of passenger and immigration lists has shown early immigrants bearing the name Reiley:

Reiley Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • James Reiley, who landed in Virginia in 1715
  • Elizabeth Reiley, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Jeremiah Reiley, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Margaret Reiley, who landed in Virginia in 1723
  • Patrick Reiley, who landed in America in 1798

Reiley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • Jane Reiley, aged 35, arrived in Massachusetts in 1812
  • Ellen Reiley, aged 30, arrived in America in 1821
  • Philip Reiley, who arrived in America in 1828
  • Thomas Reiley, who landed in New York in 1836
  • Owen Reiley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1837
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reiley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • John Reiley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "William Nicol" in 1840 [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm
  • Philip Reiley arrived in Adelaide, Australia aboard the ship "Aboukir" in 1847
  • Thomas Reiley, aged 20, a miner, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Switzerland"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reiley (post 1700)



  • Robert J. Reiley AIA (1878-1961), American architect in New York
  • William M. Reiley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1860, 1864, 1876
  • Terence P. Reiley (1967-2000), American politician, Mayor of Pottsville, Pennsylvania, 1998-2000
  • T. De Witt Reiley, American politician, Mayor of New Brunswick, New Jersey, 1879-81
  • Mame Reiley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Virginia, 1996, 2000, 2004, 2008; Member of Democratic National Committee from Virginia, 2004-08
  • John I. Blair Reiley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1900, 1916, 1924
  • John Reiley, American politician, Delegate to Ohio State Constitutional Convention from Hamilton County, 1802
  • Henry Baker Reiley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Pennsylvania, 1944
  • Edward D. Reiley, American politician, Member of New Jersey State House of Assembly from Hudson County, 1862
  • Abraham Lincoln Reiley (b. 1864), American Republican politician, Alternate Delegate to Republican National Convention from New Jersey, 1920

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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



  1. ^ State Records of South Australia. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) WILLIAM NICOL. Retrieved from http://www.slsa.sa.gov.au/BSA/1840WilliamNichol.htm

Other References

  1. Best, Hugh. Debrett's Texas Peerage. New York: Coward-McCann, 1983. Print. (ISBN 069811244X).
  2. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  3. O'Hart, John. Irish Pedigress 5th Edition in 2 Volumes. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1976. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0737-4).
  4. McDonnell, Frances. Emigrants from Ireland to America 1735-1743 A Transcription of the report of the Irish House of Commons into Enforced emigration to America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-1331-5).
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. 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).
  7. 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.
  8. Fairbairn. Fairbain's book of Crests of the Families of Great Britain and Ireland, 4th Edition 2 volumes in one. Baltimore: Heraldic Book Company, 1968. Print.
  9. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  10. Fitzgerald, Thomas W. Ireland and Her People A Library of Irish Biography 5 Volumes. Chicago: Fitzgerald. Print.
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The Reiley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reiley 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.

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