Reilly Family Crest


Reilly family crest

Colors on the Reilly family crest explained

Argent (silver) - represents peacefulness and a sincere nature. Two things the Reilly's were known for.

Vert (green) - symbolizes family members loyalty in love and hope for the future.

Or (Gold) - signifies the historical generosity of the Reilly family.



  Symbols on the Reilly family crest explained 

The bloody hand - represents faithfulness, sincerity and the importance of justice for the Reilly family. It also has ties to the waring history of Ulster in ancient Ireland.

The two Lions - represents ferociousness, bravery and valour, one of the most desirable family crest symbols.


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Origins of the Reilly family name

The earliest known origin of the family name Reilly is Ireland.

The name is derived from the Gaelic word raghallach, meaning "valiant or courageous"


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Summary of the Reilly family and the Reilly family crest

  • The name Reilly is derived from the Gaelic word raghallach, meaning "courageous."
  • The name was first borne by a 10th-century king of Connacht.
  • The Reilly clan was one of the four main septs of the O'Neill clan.
  • The Reillys were one of the most powerful families in Ulster during the medieval era.
  • Since the Reillys were such a powerful clan in Ireland during the medieval era, and their name was adopted by many families throughout the country and spread rapidly.
  • The family's power began to decline in the 16th century, and by the 17th century, the Reillys had lost much of their land and wealth.
  • The family largely remained in Ireland until the early 18th century, when they began emigrating to America and Australia.
  • The name was first brought to America by Irish immigrants in the mid 1700s -1800s
  • The first members of the Reilly family to come to America settled in Pennsylvania in the 1700s.
  • There are many different ways the family name Reilly can be spelled including but not limited to O'Reilly, Riley, Rielly and Reiley.
  • Today, the Reilly name is still common in Ireland, and is also found in other parts of the world, including the United States, Canada, and Australia.