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.
Related girl name: Briley.more]
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 1990 and reached its apex rank of #38 in the U.S. in 2009, and is at #47 currently. (Top 1000 Names, 2014)
Prominent related forms of Riley (#47 the previous year) are Rylee (#113 the previous year), Briley (#858) and Reilly. These relations of Riley reached the apex of their popularity 5 (average #444) and are almost as common today (#504, ▼11%), but with forms such as Briley falling out of style. Riley is the continual favorite, although Rylee appears to be gaining popularity too.
Thinking of names?
Riley▲ is pronounced similarly to Raelee, Railey, Raley, Rawley, Rella, Rilla▼ and Rylie▲. Other suggested similar baby 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, Ricky, Rie, Riet, Rikky, Ripley, Rise, Rivy, Rosey, Roxey, Rubey, Sisley and Tilley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Riley.