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What does Riley mean?

Riley Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: old english, clearing (meadow).


Riley has 2 variants: Rylee and Ryley.

Affiliated boy name: Briley.

1 more different relation via Reilly, Ryley: Reilley.

2 feminine forms: Briley and Rylee.

Creative forms:
(male) Reeley, Rilea, ..

(female) Riale, Rialie, ..

Middle name pairings:
Riley Peyton (R.P.), ..

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)

Riley reached its peak position of #99 in the U.S. in 2002, and is presently at #194. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riley name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Rylee (#1107 in 2015), Ryley (#1682), Reilly (#1788) and Briley are the popular varying forms of Riley (#194 in 2015). These forms of Riley were favored as baby names 9 years ago (adoption of 0.25%) and are somewhat less popular today (adoption 0.13%, 48.2%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riley, Briley, Reilly, Rylee, Ryley in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Riley is alike in pronunciation to Ralegh, Rawley, Rawly, Roley, Rollo, Rolly, Rowlea, Rowlee, Rowley and Rowly. Other suggested similar names are Adley, Alley, Arley, Atley, Bailey, Baley, Birley, Cailey, Caley, Coley, Dailey, Daley, Finley, Gilbey, Gilley, Hailey, Haley, Juley, Kaley, Kiley, Linley, Mikey, Olley, Paley, Radley, Ramey, Redley, Rey, Rice, Richy, Rickey, Ricky, Riddley, Rider, Ridlea (see Ridley), Ridley, Ridly (see Ridley), Rien, Ries, Rigel, Rike, Riker, Rikky, Ripley, Riply (see Ripley), Rislea (see Risley), Rislee (see Risley), Risley, Risly (see Risley), River, Rives, Rorey, Rudey, Rutley, Wiley and Willey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Riley.

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