What does Riley mean?
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
Related girl name: Briley.Kreatif forms:
(female) Reley, Rialie, ..
(male) Rilea, Riney, ..
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)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Riley for girls. Riley entered the list in 1980-1989 and reached its apex rank of #38 in the U.S. in 2009, and is at #47 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Riley (#47 the previous year) are Rylee (#113 the previous year), Briley (#858), Rilee (#1663), Rileigh (#1680), Ryley and Reilly. These relations of Riley reached the apex of their popularity 5 years ago (average #897) and are almost as common today (#1194, ▼16%), but with the form Reilly going out of style. Riley is the continual favorite, although Rylee appears to be gaining popularity too.
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.