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Riley (girl)

What does Riley mean?

Riley Pronunciation of Riley 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.




VARIANTS Reilley, Reilly, Rilee, Rileigh, Rylee, Ryley


MASCULINE FORMS Briley, Reilly, Ryley

(female) Reley, ..

(male) Rilea, ..

Riley Asma (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 #22 in the U.S. in 2016. (TOP 2000 NAMES, 2016)

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?

Prominent related forms of Riley (#22 THE PREVIOUS YEAR) are Rylee (#105), Briley (#989), Rilee (#1681), Rileigh (#1682), Reilly and Ryley. These relations of Riley were at the apex of their popularity in 2016 (AVERAGE #1211), except for the form Reilly which has fallen 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-sounding 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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