The name O’Reilly and its variations Reilly and Riley come from the Gaelic O Raghallaigh, which meant gregarious. They were from the Kingdom of Beffny which was part of Counties Cavan and Longford where they were long the leading family. The O’Reilly’s were very strong supporters of the church. Cathal O Raghallaigh Prince of Beffny founded the Lough Oughter Monestary in 1237. There were many O’Rilley Abbotts and several Bishops between the 11th and 16th century.
The surname Hogan stands at number 588 2010 U.S. Census. The name Hogan is the Anglicized form of the Irish name O hogain meaning young Ogan. The original ogan was the uncle of Brian Boru, the 10th century hi King of Ireland. The Hogan territory was in Counties Clare and Tipperary. You will find Hogan’s all over Ireland today but they’re greatest numbers continue to be in the West in Counties of Clare, Tipperary and Limerick.
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