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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).

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

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

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).

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

Top 100 baby names ranking of Riley, Rylee, Ryley outside U.S.

Similar Names

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.