What does Riley mean?
Riley /ri-ley/ as a boys' name (also used more regularly as girls' name Riley) is pronounced RYE-lee. It is of Old English origin, and the meaning of Riley is "rye clearing". Variant of Ryley. From a different root as the similar-sounding Reilly.
Affiliated boy name: Briley.
Riley▲ has 1 more different relation via Reilly, Ryley: Reilley.more]
How popular is Riley?
Riley is a somewhat prominent first name for males (#669 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more prominent last name for both adults and children (#210 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Riley for boys. Riley reached its peak position of #99 in the U.S. in 2002, and is presently at #173. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the popularity of Riley and related names. Rylee (#877 in 2014), Ryley and Reilly are the popular varying forms of Riley (#173 in 2014). These forms of Riley were favored as baby names in 2008 (adoption of 0.299%) and are almost as popular today (adoption 0.238%, ▼20.6%). Riley is the longstanding favorite. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Riley▲ is alike in pronunciation to Ralegh, Raleigh▼, Rawley, Rawly, Roley, Rollie▼, Rollo, Rolly, Rowlea, Rowlee, Rowley, Rowly and Ryleigh. Other suggested similar baby names are Kiley, Reuel, Ridley, Ripley, Risley, Rolle, Royle, Ruel and Wiley▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Riley.