What does Riley mean?
Riley /ri-ley/ [2 sylls.] 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.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 boy names reached the height of their popularity in 2008 (usage of 0.2993%) and are somewhat less popular today (usage 0.2375%, down 20.6%). Riley (#173) is the most fashionable boy name here, with this name enjoying a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Riley▲ is alike in pronunciation to Rawley, 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.