Riley Coat of Arms, Family Crest and Riley Family History

If you are conducting some Riley family history research then you can view the Riley coat of arms and the name meaning and origin of the name as well as the meaning of symbols below. This is a great place to start when tracing your genealogy and Riley surname history and will help you answer the question 'what is the meaning of my name?'


The names Riley and O'Reilly in Ireland are derived from the native Gaelic O'Raghaillaigh Sept that was based in Counties Cavan and Westmeath. These names are among the ten most frequently found in Ireland and although widespread can still be mostly found in the region of the ancestral homeland.

A Sept or Clan is a collective term describing a group of persons whose immediate ancestors had a common surname and all inhabited the same lands.

Meaning of Symbols & Colors on the Riley Coat of Arms

Or/Yellow/Gold Represents Generosity.
Vert/Green Signifies Hope, Joy and sometimes, Loyalty in Love
Gutte de Sang Drops of Blood
Hand Symbol of Faith, Sincerity, and Justice
The Lion Emblem of Deathless Courage
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