What does Riley mean?
Riley \r(i)-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 Rylee.
Riley has 1 feminine form: Rylee.
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.