When William Daniel "Willie" Briley was born on 26 February 1917, in Montana, United States, his father, Daniel N Briley, was 45 and his mother, Augusta Lillian Hartwig, was 35. He married Dorothy Mae Hill on 25 March 1937, in Hennepin, Minnesota, United States. He lived in Saint Paul, Ramsey, Minnesota, United States in 1930. He died on 30 September 1970, in Minnesota, United States, at the age of 53, and was buried in Minneapolis, Hennepin, Minnesota, United States.
Irish: Anglicized form of Ó Brólaigh, see Brawley .
English: habitational name from Brilley in Bridstow (Herefordshire), a local variant of the name that usually develops as Bromley .
In some cases also an Americanized form of Slovenian Brilej: nickname derived from dialect briliti ‘to shave’, hence apparently denoting a barber.