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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) and an even more popular surname or last name for all people (#187 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Riley for boys (2015 statistics).
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.
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