Riely History, Family Crest & Coats of Arms
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The Riely surname originally appeared in Gaelic as O Raghailligh, which means descendant of Raghallach.
Early Origins of the Riely family
The surname Riely 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.
Early History of the Riely family
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Riely Spelling Variations
Before widespread literacy came to Ireland, a name was often recorded under several different variations during the life of its bearer. Accordingly, numerous spelling variations were revealed in the search for the origin of the name Riely family name. Variations found include O'Reilly, O'Reilley, O'Reily, O'Rielly, O'Riely, O'Riley, O'Rilley, Reel and many more.
Early Notables of the Riely 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 Parliament of 1689; Philip Og O’Reilly (Gaelic was Phillip Óg O’Raghallaigh)(c.1640-1703), Irish...
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Riely migration to the United States +
Thousands of Irish families left for North American shores in the 19th century. These people were searching for a life unencumbered with poverty, hunger, and racial discrimination. Many arrived to eventually find such conditions, but many others simply did not arrive: victims of the diseased, overcrowded ships in which they traveled to the New World. Those who lived to see North American shores were instrumental in the development of the growing nations of Canada and the United States. A thorough examination of passenger and immigration lists has disclosed evidence of many early immigrants of the name Riely:
Riely Settlers in United States in the 18th Century
- Bryan Riely, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1745 
- Thomas Riely, who landed in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1746 
- John Riely, who arrived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in 1763 
Riely Settlers in United States in the 19th Century
- James Riely, who landed in America in 1807 
- Ann Riely, aged 36, who landed in Massachusetts in 1813 
- William Riely, aged 30, who arrived in Missouri in 1848 
Riely migration to Canada +
Some of the first settlers of this family name were:
Riely Settlers in Canada in the 18th Century
- Ms. Catherine Riely U.E. who arrived at Port Roseway, [Shelbourne], Nova Scotia on December 13, 1783 was passenger number 480 aboard the ship "HMS Clinton", picked up on November 14, 1783 at East River, New York, USA 
Riely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century
- Malachy Riely, aged 20, a labourer, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
- Sarah Riely, aged 20, who arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland
Riely migration to Australia +
Emigration to Australia
followed the First Fleets
of convicts, tradespeople and early settlers. Early immigrants include:
Riely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century
- Mr. Thomas Riely, English convict who was convicted in Middlesex, England for 7 years, transported aboard the "Aurora" on 3rd November 1833, arriving in New South Wales, Australia 
- Michael Riely, aged 37, a farm servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham" 
- Mary Riely, aged 18, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
- Matilda Riely, aged 28, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
- Honor Riely, aged 15, a domestic servant, who arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"
Contemporary Notables of the name Riely (post 1700) +
- John W. Riely (1839-1900), American Civil War soldier and jurist, elected to the Supreme Court of Appeals in 1895
- Edward F. Riely, American Democratic Party politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940 
Related Stories +
- ^ Filby, P. William, Meyer, Mary K., Passenger and immigration lists index : a guide to published arrival records of about 500,000 passengers who came to the United States and Canada in the seventeenth, eighteenth, and nineteenth centuries. 1982-1985 Cumulated Supplements in Four Volumes Detroit, Mich. : Gale Research Co., 1985, Print (ISBN 0-8103-1795-8)
- ^ 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
- ^ Convict Records Voyages to Australia (Retrieved 20th August 2020). Retrieved from https://convictrecords.com.au/ships/aurora
- ^ South Australian Register Monday 20th March 1854. (Retrieved 2010, November 5) Sir Thomas Gresham 1854. Retrieved http://www.theshipslist.com/ships/australia/sirthomasgresham1854.shtml.
- ^ The Political Graveyard: Alphabetical Name Index. (Retrieved 2015, November 24) . Retrieved from http://politicalgraveyard.com/alpha/index.html