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Riley (girl)

What does Riley mean?

Riley Pronunciation of Riley [ri-ley] as a girls' name (also used less commonly as boys' name Riley) 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 unusual first name for women but a very prominent surname for all people (#210 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Riley entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its apex rank of #35 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 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. Prominent related forms of Riley (#35 the previous year) are Rylee (#121 the previous year), Briley (#923), Rilee (#1714), Rileigh (#1726), Ryley and Reilly. These relations of Riley reached the apex of their popularity 6 years ago (average #897) and have remained as common to this day (#1217, 3%), but with the form Reilly going out of style. Riley is the continual favorite, although Rylee appears to be gaining popularity too.

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

Top 2000 baby names ranking of 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, 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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