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Meaning and name origin

Riley \r(i)-ley\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's 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.


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

There are 2 masculine forms of Riley: Reilly and Ryley.


Riley is not a popular first name for females but a very popular surname or last name for all people (#187 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Riley for girls. Riley reached its highest rank of #38 in the U.S. in 2009. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Riley name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Riley and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Riley (#47), Rylee (#113), Ryley and Reilly. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Reilly, Riley, Rylee in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Riley, Rylee, Ryley outside U.S.

Similar Names

Riley is also pronounced similarly to Railey, Raley, Rawley and Rilla. Other suggested similar baby names are Ailey, Eiley, Kiley and Ripley. These names tend to be more commonly used than Riley.