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pinWhat does Riley mean?

Riley /ri-ley/ [2 sylls.] 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.


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: Rayley, Reley, Rialey. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

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 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

Top 1000 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) and Reilly. These girl names reached the apex of their popularity in the year 2009 (usage of 0.556%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.4955%, 10.9%), with the forms Briley and Reilly becoming less in vogue. Rylee (#113) and Riley (#47) are two of the more contemporarily stylish names for newborns here. Below is a charted comparison of the popularity of the girl name Riley and corresponding names. (Top 1000 Birth Names Statistics, 2014)

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

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

pinSimilar Names

Riley is 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.