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Meaning and Name Origin

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.


Variations

Riley has 2 different forms via Reilly, Ryley: Reilley and Ryleigh.

Riley has 1 feminine form: Rylee.


Popularity

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 (#187 out of 88799, 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Riley name in U.S.

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

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 the year 2008 and are somewhat less popular today. Riley (#173) is the most fashionable boy name here, with this name enjoying a rebound in usage. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Reilly, Riley, Rylee, Ryley in U.S.

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


Similar Names

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.

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