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Riley (girl)

What does Riley mean?

Riley Pronunciation of Riley [ri-ley] as a girls' name is pronounced RY-lee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Riley is "courageous". Variant of O'Reilly. Lately adopted for girls and boys.

Associated with: irish.


Riley has 6 variants: Reilley, Reilly, Rilee, Rileigh, Rylee and Ryley.

Related girl name: Briley.

3 masculine forms: Briley, Reilly and Ryley.

Creative forms:
(female) Reley, Rialie, ..

(male) Rilea, Riney, ..

Middle name pairings:
Riley Ashlee (R.A.), ..

How popular is Riley?

Riley is an uncommonly occurring given name for women but a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#210 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Riley entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its peak position of #35 in the U.S. in the year 2015. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riley name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Riley outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Rylee (#121 from current records), Rilee (#1714), Rileigh (#1726), Ryley and Reilly are the popular variation forms of Riley (#35 from current records). Usage of these relations of Riley was widespread in 2009 (median #942) and has remained as conventional to this day (#1266, down 2%), but with the form Reilly falling out of fashion. Riley and Rylee are two of the more contemporarily stylish girl names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riley, Reilly, Rilee, Rileigh, Rylee, Ryley in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Riley, Rylee outside U.S.

Similar Names

Riley is pronounced similarly to Raelee, Railey, Raley, Rawley, Rella, Rilla and Rylie. Other suggested similar names are Adley, Ailey, Aimey, Aley, Alley, Arley, Bailey, Billey, Briley, Cailey, Caley, Coley, Eiley, Emiley, Hailey, Haley, Joley, Juley, Kailey, Kaley, Kiley, Kyley, Lilley, Rainey, Reney, Rey, Ricky, Rie, Riet, Rikky, Ripley, Rise, Rivy, Rosey, Roxey, Rubey, Sisley and Tilley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Riley.

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