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

Reilley Early Origins



The surname Reilley 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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Reilley Spelling Variations


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Reilley Spelling Variations



Irish names were rarely spelled consistently in the Middle Ages. Spelling variations of the name Reilley dating from that time include O'Reilly, O'Reilley, O'Reily, O'Rielly, O'Riely, O'Riley, O'Rilley, Reel and many more.

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Reilley Early History


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Reilley Early History



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

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Reilley Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reilley 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 Reilley 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



To escape the religious and political discrimination they experienced primarily at the hands of the English, thousands of Irish left their homeland in the 19th century. These migrants typically settled in communities throughout the East Coast of North America, but also joined the wagon trains moving out to the Midwest. Ironically, when the American War of Independence began, many Irish settlers took the side of England, and at the war's conclusion moved north to Canada. These United Empire Loyalists, were granted land along the St. Lawrence River and the Niagara Peninsula. Other Irish immigrants settled in Newfoundland, the Ottawa Valley, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, however, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America and Australia. Many of those numbers, however, did not live through the long sea passage. These Irish settlers to North America were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. Irish settlers made an inestimable contribution to the building of the New World. Early North American immigration records have revealed a number of people bearing the Irish name Reilley or a variant listed above, including:

Reilley Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • John Reilley arrived in Boston in 1823
  • Terrence Reilley, who landed in Pennsylvania in 1823
  • Patrick Reilley, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1842
  • Pedro Reilley, aged 60, landed in New Orleans, La in 1846
  • Ann Reilley, aged 15, landed in New York, NY in 1850
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reilley Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • P Reilley, who arrived in Mississippi in 1905

Reilley Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Laurence Reilley, aged 18, a labourer, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Isle of Thanet"
  • Elizabeth Reilley, aged 25, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Lord of the Isles"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reilley (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reilley (post 1700)



  • Thomas T. Reilley (1884-1940), American football coach, the 12th head football coach at New York University
  • Alexander Aloysius "Duke" Reilley (1884-1968), nicknamed "Midget", American Major League baseball player who played for one season for the Cleveland Naps in 1909
  • Charles Augustine "Charlie" Reilley (1856-1904), American Major League Baseball player who played from 1879 to 1884
  • Thomas T. Reilley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 21st District, 1916
  • Richard S. Reilley, American politician, Member of New York State Assembly from New York County 13th District, 1901-02
  • Patrick Reilley (1848-1924), American politician, Mayor of Hammond, Indiana, 1893-94, 1899-1902
  • George J. Reilley, American Republican politician, Delegate to Republican National Convention from Louisiana, 1900, 1908, 1916, 1920, 1940, 1944
  • Donna Reilley, American Democrat politician, Delegate to Democratic National Convention from New York, 1980
  • Hugh Reilley (1918-1940), Canadian fighter pilot who flew for the RAF during the Battle of Britain, killed in action

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Reilley Family Crest Products


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See Also


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Citations


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Citations



    Other References

    1. Leyburn, James Graham. The Scotch-Irish A Social History. Chapel Hill: UNC Press, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0807842591).
    2. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
    3. Zieber, Eugene. Heraldry in America. Philadelphia: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
    4. Sullivan, Sir Edward. The Book of Kells 3rd Edition. New York: Crescent Books, 1986. Print. (ISBN 0-517-61987-3).
    5. Weis, Frederick Lewis, Walter Lee Sheppard and David Faris. Ancestral Roots of Sixty Colonists Who Came to New England Between 1623 and 1650 7th Edition. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0806313676).
    6. The Norman People and Their Existing Descendants in the British Dominions and the United States Of America. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing, 1975. Print. (ISBN 0-8063-0636-X).
    7. Hickey, D.J. and J.E. Doherty. A New Dictionary of Irish History form 1800 2nd Edition. Dublin: Gil & MacMillian, 2003. Print.
    8. Matthews, John. Matthews' American Armoury and Blue Book. London: John Matthews, 1911. Print.
    9. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
    10. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
    11. ...

    The Reilley Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Reilley 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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