> I think I lost some files from this group earlier, so I'll submit
>my request for help again..I will eagerly await any responses. I had
>written of a respondent to the British-Irish History discussion group
>who had mentioned something about family or clan reunions and information
>concerning same. All surnames were given, but RIAL was not among them.
>I am inquiring to anyone who might know more about this group or might
>have a reference to Irish surnames and their origins and/or derivations.
>I have found alternate spellings (RYALL, RIALL, RYALS) in geneological
>listings, but no particular origin, except a suggestion of the name as
>a derivative of O'Reilly. I apologize for the same submission, but this
>is a matter I am quite interested in and would appreciate any assistance.
>My other interests are Celtic artifacts and symbolism. Thanks for your
>patience and help to this e-mail and internet novice...
Woulfe's _Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall_ (Irish Names and Surnames) has this to
offer on RYALL and RIALL (there is no listing for RIAL):
O/ Raghaill - I - O Raghell, O Reile, O Ryle, O Reale, O Raile, O'Rahill,
Rahill, Reihill, Ryle, Ryall, Rall, Rail, Riall, Real, Reel &c.; a
shortened form of O/ Raghallaigh, q.v.; sometimes also pronounced
O/ Ra/ghaill, O/ Raighill, O/ Ra/ighill, O/ Raoghaill, O/ Reighill &c.
For O/ Raghallaigh, he gives the following:
O/ Raghailligh, O/ Raghallaigh - I - O Reyly, O Riellie, O Really, O Reely,
O'Reilly, O'Reiley, O'Rielly, O'Realley, Reilly, Rielly, Really, Realy,
Reely, Riley, &c.; "descendent of Raghallach"; also pronounced O/
Ra/ghallaig, O/ Raighilligh, O/ Raghaill &c., q.v. The O'Reillys, who
are the same stock as the O'Rourkes, were chiefs of Breifney-O'Reilly,
which originally comprised the greater part of the present Co. Cavan. In
the course of the 13th and 14th centuries they became very powerful and
extended their dominion over the whole Co. Cavan and parts of Meath and
Westmeath; and they were sometimes chiefs of all Breifney. They
maintained their independence as a clan down to the time of James I, and
continued in possession of considerable property until the Cromwellian
confiscations. Many of the O'Reillys attained to high ecclesiastical
rank, no fewer than five of the name having been Primates of Armagh. The
name is now one of the most common in Ireland, but owing to its numerous
dialectical variations is variously anglicised in different parts of the
MacLysaght has this to say in _The Surnames of Ireland_ (Irish Academic
Riall See Ryle
(O) Ryle, Riall Woulfe gives the form in Irish as O/ Raghaill and
considers this to be an abbreviated form of O/ Raghailligh, O'Reilly
which is conjectural: its equation with the Kerry Rahilly would seem
possible. Ryle is the usual spelling in Kerry, where the name is mainly
found. See Rahill and Reighill.
(O) Reighill O/ Raghaill, now often O/ Reighill. A Fermanagh name also
called Reckle there. Rehill, Reehill and Rahill are variants found in
Cos. Longford and Cavan. Woulfe's statement that these are
etymologically the same as the Kerry name Ryle may perhaps be correct,
but they seem to have no genealogical connection with the Kerry sept.
I hope this helps; it seems at best to give a tentative confirmation
that the name is indeed a derivative of O'Reilly, but then again, Woulfe
seems pretty convinced it is.
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