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.Creative forms:
(female) Reley, Rialie, ..
(male) Rilea, Riney, .. Middle name pairings:
Riley Elliott (R.E.), ..
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 #35 in the U.S. in 2015. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
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.
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.See names in meaning and etymology.