Meaning and name origin
Riley \r(i)-ley\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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 Rylee.
There is 1 feminine form of Riley: Rylee.
Riley is a somewhat popular first name for males (#669 out of 1220, Top 55%) and an even more 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 boys. Riley reached its highest rank of #99 in the U.S. in 2002. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Riley and related names. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Riley (#173), Rylee (#877), Ryley and Reilly. (2014 statistics).
Riley▲ is also pronounced similarly to Rawley, Reilley, Roley, Rolly and Rowley. Other suggested similar baby names are Kiley, Ridley, Ripley, Risley and Wiley▼. These names tend to be less commonly used than Riley.