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Riley (girl)

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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


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

Related girl name: Briley.

Riley has 3 masculine forms: Briley, Reilly and Ryley.

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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)

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

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

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.

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.