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What does Riley mean?

Riley /ri-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 Reilly.

Associated with: old english, clearing (meadow).


Riley has 2 variants: Rylee and Ryley.

Affiliated boy name: Briley.

Riley has 1 more different relation via Reilly, Ryley: Reilley.

Riley has 2 feminine forms: Briley and Rylee.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Reeley, Rilea, ..

(female) Riale, Rialie, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the baby name statistics of Riley for boys. Riley reached its peak position of #99 in the U.S. in 2002, and is presently at #173. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 (#1497), Reilly (#1554) and Briley are the popular varying forms of Riley (#173 in 2014). These forms of Riley were favored as baby names 8 years ago (adoption of 0.25%) and are somewhat less popular today (adoption 0.15%, 38.3%). Riley is the longstanding favorite, though Rylee has become trendy as well.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riley, Briley, Reilly, Rylee, Ryley in U.S.

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

Similar Names


Riley is alike in pronunciation to Ralegh, Rawley, Rawly, Roley, Rollo, Rolly, Rowlea, Rowlee, Rowley and Rowly. Other suggested similar names are Adley, Alley, Arley, Atley, Bailey, Baley, Birley, Cailey, Caley, Coley, Dailey, Daley, Finley, Gilbey, Gilley, Hailey, Haley, Juley, Kaley, Kiley, Linley, Mikey, Olley, Paley, Radley, Ramey, Redley, Rey, Rice, Richy, Rickey, Ricky, Riddley, Rider, Ridlea (see Ridley), Ridley, Ridly (see Ridley), Rien, Ries, Rigel, Rike, Riker, Rikky, Ripley, Riply (see Ripley), Rislea (see Risley), Rislee (see Risley), Risley, Risly (see Risley), River, Rives, Rorey, Rudey, Rutley, Wiley and Willey. These names tend to be less commonly used than Riley.