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

Reily Early Origins



The surname Reily 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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Reily Spelling Variations


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Reily Spelling Variations



Within the archives researched, many different spelling variations of the surname Reily were found. These included One reason for the many variations is that scribes and church officials often spelled an individual's name as it sounded. This imprecise method often led to many versions. O'Reilly, O'Reilley, O'Reily, O'Rielly, O'Riely, O'Riley, O'Rilley, Reel and many more.

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Reily Early History


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Reily Early History



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

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Reily Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Reily 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 Reily 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



The 19th century saw a great wave of Irish families leaving Ireland for the distant shores of North America and Australia. These families often left their homeland hungry, penniless, and destitute do to the policies of England. Those Irish immigrants that survived the long sea passage initially settled on the eastern seaboard of the continent. Some, however, moved north to a then infant Canada as United Empire Loyalists after ironically serving with the English in the American War of Independence. Others that remained in America later joined the westward migration in search of land. The greatest influx of Irish immigrants, though, came to North America during the Great Potato Famine of the late 1840s. Thousands left Ireland at this time for North America, and those who arrived were immediately put to work building railroads, coal mines, bridges, and canals. In fact, the foundations of today's powerful nations of the United Sates and Canada were to a larger degree built by the Irish. Archival documents indicate that members of the Reily family relocated to North American shores quite early:

Reily Settlers in United States in the 17th Century

  • Anth Reily, who arrived in Virginia in 1663

Reily Settlers in United States in the 18th Century

  • Owen Reily, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746

Reily Settlers in United States in the 19th Century

  • James Reily, aged 36, landed in New York in 1812
  • Thomas Reily, aged 32, arrived in New York in 1812
  • Philip Reily, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1815
  • Edward Reily, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1829
  • John Reily, who arrived in Allegany (Allegheny) County, Pennsylvania in 1844
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reily Settlers in United States in the 20th Century

  • Patrick Reily, who arrived in Wisconsin in 1919

Reily Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century

  • Sgt. John Reily U.E. who settled in Home District [York County], Ontario c. 1786 he served in Butlers Rangers, married with five children [1]CITATION[CLOSE]
    Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Reily Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Judith Reily, who landed in Nova Scotia in 1819
  • William Reily and his wife settled in Prescott Ontario with six children in 1825
  • Dennis Reily, aged 30, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the brig "Thomas Hanford" from Cork, Ireland
  • Jane Reily, aged 19, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "John & Mary" from Belfast, Ireland
  • Hugh Reily, aged 17, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1833 aboard the ship "Britannia" from Sligo, Ireland
  • ... (More are available in all our PDF Extended History products and printed products wherever possible.)

Reily Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Ann Reily, aged 26, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1856 aboard the ship "Nimroud"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Reily (post 1700)


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Contemporary Notables of the name Reily (post 1700)



  • Luther Reily (1794-1854), American Democrat politician, U.S. Representative from Pennsylvania 10th District, 1837-39
  • James Reily (1811-1863), American politician, U.S. Consul in SAINT Petersburg, 1856
  • Emmet Montgomery Reily (b. 1866), American Republican politician, Governor of Puerto Rico, 1921-23
  • Daniel Reily, American politician, Delegate to Illinois State Constitutional Convention from Randolph County; Elected 1861; Resigned 1861

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  1. ^ Rubincam, Milton. The Old United Empire Loyalists List. Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc, 1976. (Originally published as; United Empire Loyalists. The Centennial of the Settlement of Upper Canada. Rose Publishing Company, 1885.) ISBN 0-8063-0331-X

Other References

  1. Chadwick, Nora Kershaw and J.X.W.P Corcoran. The Celts. London: Penguin, 1970. Print. (ISBN 0140212116).
  2. 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).
  3. MacLysaght, Edward. Mores Irish Familes. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1982. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-0126-0).
  4. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  5. Robb H. Amanda and Andrew Chesler. Encyclopedia of American Family Names. New York: Haper Collins, 1995. Print. (ISBN 0-06-270075-8).
  6. Woulfe, Rev. Patrick. Irish Names and Surnames Collected and Edited with Explanatory and Historical Notes. Kansas City: Genealogical Foundation, 1992. Print. (ISBN 0-940134-403).
  7. Donovan, George Francis. The Pre-Revolutionary Irish in Massachusetts 1620-1775. Menasha, WI: Geroge Banta Publsihing Co., 1932. Print.
  8. Vicars, Sir Arthur. Index to the Prerogative Wills of Ireland 1536-1810. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co. Print.
  9. Egle, William Henry. Pennsylvania Genealogies Scotch-Irish and German. Harrisburg: L.S. Hart, 1886. Print.
  10. Heraldic Scroll and Map of Family names and Origins of Ireland. Dublin: Mullins. Print.
  11. ...

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