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.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)
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%).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.