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This famous surname can be either English or Irish. It is found in both countries in several and overlapping spellings including Riley, Ryley, Reily, Reely and Reilly, as well as the pure Gaelic McReilly, O'Reilly and O'Ralilly. It has two possible and quite distinct origins. In England the surname is usually locational, from the village of Riley Green near Blackburn or possibly Riley Hill, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire. Various publications also mention a place called Riley in Devonshire, but if such a place ever existed, that no longer seems to be the case. The meaning of the name is probably "Rye Farm" from the Olde English pre 7th century "rygh - leah", but other translations are possible such as Reed Farm...

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John O. Riley / 13 FEB 1818 / 7 SEP 1889 Parents are Philip Riley & Honora Higgins of Province of Ulster, Cavan County, Ireland

Christine Eakin

Seven generations back, my ancestor Samuel Eakin (1760-1851) married Mary Nancy Riley/Reilly (1774-1821) in 1794 in Ireland. She was born in Straid Townland, Banagher Parish, Tirkeeran Portion. They left for the U.S. in 1796 and settled in Venango Co, Pennsylvania. That’s all the information I have on her. They had a son also Samuel Eakin (1807-1888) who married a Margaret Ferguson Campbell (1808-1876) from Ireland.

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