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Riley Family History

Riley Name Meaning
Irish: variant spelling of Reilly.English: habitational name from Ryley in Lancashire, so named from Old English ryge ‘rye’ + leah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. There is a Riley with the same meaning in Devon, but it does not seem to have contributed to the surname, which is more common in northern England.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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1,252,326 Birth, Marriage, and Deaths
154,897 Military Records
87,607 Immigration Records
933,473 Census and Voter Lists
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Name Distribution of Riley Families

  • Number of Riley families
     941 - 1,879
     314 - 940
     1 - 313
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Riley families
     4,438 - 8,874
     1,480 - 4,437
     1 - 1,479
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Riley families
     195 - 388
     66 - 194
     1 - 65
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Riley Family Origin

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Riley Immigration Information

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Average Life Expectancy for Riley

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Riley Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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Riley Civil War Service Records

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