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

Riely Early Origins



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.

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Riely Spelling Variations


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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.

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Riely Early History


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Riely Early History



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

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Riely Early Notables (pre 1700)


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Riely 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 Riely 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



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, landed in Massachusetts in 1813
  • William Riely, aged 30, arrived in Missouri in 1848

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 [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

Riely Settlers in Canada in the 19th Century

  • Malachy Riely, aged 20, a labourer, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Charlotte" from Cork, Ireland
  • Sarah Riely, aged 20, arrived in Saint John, New Brunswick in 1834 aboard the brig "Dorcas Savage" from Belfast, Ireland

Riely Settlers in Australia in the 19th Century

  • Michael Riely, aged 37, a farm servant, arrived in South Australia in 1854 aboard the ship "Sir Thomas Gresham"
  • Mary Riely, aged 18, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Matilda Riely, aged 28, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Frenchman"
  • Honor Riely, aged 15, a domestic servant, arrived in South Australia in 1858 aboard the ship "Bee"

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Contemporary Notables of the name Riely (post 1700)


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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 Democrat politician, Alternate Delegate to Democratic National Convention from Illinois, 1940

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Riely Family Crest Products


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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. Grehan, Ida. Dictionary of Irish Family Names. Boulder: Roberts Rinehart, 1997. Print. (ISBN 1-57098-137-X).
  2. Woodham-Smith, Cecil. The Great Hunger Ireland 1845-1849. New York: Old Town Books, 1962. Print. (ISBN 0-88029-385-3).
  3. Burke, Sir Bernard. General Armory Of England, Scotland, Ireland and Wales. Ramsbury: Heraldry Today. Print.
  4. Bullock, L.G. Historical Map of Ireland. Edinburgh: Bartholomew and Son, 1969. Print.
  5. MacLysaght, Edward. Irish Families Their Names, Arms and Origins 4th Edition. Dublin: Irish Academic, 1991. Print. (ISBN 0-7165-2364-7).
  6. Bell, Robert. The Book of Ulster Surnames. Belfast: Blackstaff, 1988. Print. (ISBN 10-0856404160).
  7. Magnusson, Magnus. Chambers Biographical Dictionary 5th edition. Edinburgh: W & R Chambers, 1990. Print.
  8. Browning, Charles H. Americans of Royal Descent. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing. Print.
  9. Tepper, Michael Ed & Elizabeth P. Bentley Transcriber. Passenger Arrivals at the Port of Philadelphia 1800-1819. Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1986. Print.
  10. Kennedy, Patrick. Kennedy's Book of Arms. Canterbury: Achievements, 1967. Print.
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The Riely Family Crest was acquired from the Houseofnames.com archives. The Riely 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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