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Riley Name Popularity

    

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How popular is Riley?

Ranking 28th in popularity in the United States for girls in 2018, the name Riley is very popular.

Currently in the top 50, this name has not always been in the top 1000.

It reached its highest popularity ranking of #22 in 2016 with 7,141 occurrences.

In any year, the least number of babies named Riley was less than 5, most recently in 1972.

Decidely upward trends in the number of babies given the name Riley occurred roughly during the years 1976-2004, 2005-2008, and 2012-2016.

Riley became more popular as a girls name in 2003.

Overall, when compared to its most prominent year, the name's popularity is at a very high point.

How popular will Riley be?

Riley's popularity has been soaring upward for some time. Of late, continuing the trend, the number of parents selecting the name Riley for their newborn has risen.

The name Riley is favored by many parents and will probably continue to rise upward in popularity.

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   Riley (Girl)Riley (Boy)
Year %No. of Babies Given NamePopul. RankNo. of Babies Given NamePopul. Rank
2018 5,976 28 1,455 250
2017 6,353 25 1,465 253
2016 7,141 22 1,717 225
2015 5,730 35 2,088 194
2014 4,794 47 2,444 174
2013 4,935 45 2,552 158
2012 4,830 47 2,881 133
2011 5,033 47 3,459 111
2010 5,538 40 3,642 105
2009 5,635 38 3,786 107
2008 5,768 39 4,129 106
2007 5,209 52 3,970 109
2006 5,055 56 4,394 101
2005 5,124 54 4,110 106
2004 4,982 58 4,109 106
2003 4,242 72 4,077 104
2002 3,906 77 3,959 99
2001 3,044 106 3,652 105
2000 2,552 131 3,421 109
1999 2,312 138 2,970 127
1998 1,877 166 3,013 128
1997 1,669 184 2,833 135
1996 1,148 248 2,393 146
1995 969 287 1,918 170
1994 755 350 1,588 194
1993 552 453 1,377 219
1992 425 555 1,067 266
1991 285 730 865 297
1990 238 827 813 311
1989 168 1,020 676 341
1988 124 1,216 528 378
1987 88 1,481 476 399
1986 99 1,337 403 431
1985 64 1,781 333 473
1984 22 3,690 253 549
1983 37 2,504 225 563
1982 36 2,628 199 612
1981 24 3,510 181 632
1980 18 4,271 164 678
1979 15 4,791 162 671
1978 13 5,137 167 650
1977 10 6,225 117 793
1976 7 7,910 106 814
1975 11 5,414 107 808
1974 8 6,714 85 878
1973 8 6,516 90 840
1972 < 5 -- 85 877
1971 < 5 -- 96 827
1970 < 5 -- 78 908
1969 < 5 -- 79 866
1968 5 7,905 94 769
1967 < 5 -- 73 841
1966 < 5 -- 93 761
1965 6 6,349 73 867
1964 < 5 -- 106 748
1963 < 5 -- 99 770
1962 < 5 -- 112 727
1961 < 5 -- 102 767
1960 < 5 -- 108 745
1959 < 5 -- 112 726
1958 < 5 -- 116 699
1957 6 5,928 141 646
1956 < 5 -- 134 656
1955 < 5 -- 130 649
1954 < 5 -- 166 575
1953 < 5 -- 163 556
1952 7 4,834 164 546
1951 5 6,051 146 570
1950 < 5 -- 152 548
1949 < 5 -- 169 514
1948 < 5 -- 180 493
1947 6 5,176 186 495
1946 < 5 -- 166 503
1945 < 5 -- 139 509
1944 < 5 -- 171 467
1943 5 5,235 171 474
1942 5 5,234 157 493
1941 5 4,948 174 446
1940 < 5 -- 150 474
1939 < 5 -- 140 485
1938 < 5 -- 140 491
1937 6 4,174 139 483
1936 < 5 -- 156 452
1935 < 5 -- 156 456
1934 < 5 -- 155 452
1933 < 5 -- 154 448
1932 < 5 -- 131 504
1931 < 5 -- 137 491
1930 5 5,122 162 467
1929 6 4,482 162 463
1928 < 5 -- 168 471
1927 < 5 -- 162 478
1926 < 5 -- 179 453
1925 < 5 -- 165 471
1924 < 5 -- 168 478
1923 5 5,572 174 467
1922 < 5 -- 163 482
1921 < 5 -- 160 491
1920 < 5 -- 166 473
1919 < 5 -- 194 421
1918 < 5 -- 174 450
1917 < 5 -- 139 489
1916 < 5 -- 166 436
1915 < 5 -- 142 461
1914 < 5 -- 101 486
1913 < 5 -- 97 433
1912 < 5 -- 87 419
1911 < 5 -- 47 424
1910 < 5 -- 63 315
1909 < 5 -- 49 332
1908 < 5 -- 42 353
1907 < 5 -- 40 348
1906 < 5 -- 37 344
1905 < 5 -- 34 357
1904 < 5 -- 32 356
1903 < 5 -- 29 359
1902 < 5 -- 37 325
1901 < 5 -- 30 332
1900 < 5 -- 53 286
1899 < 5 -- 35 299
1898 < 5 -- 39 305
1897 < 5 -- 44 268
1896 < 5 -- 39 300
1895 < 5 -- 49 259
1894 < 5 -- 38 288
1893 < 5 -- 36 289
1892 < 5 -- 39 297
1891 < 5 -- 28 322
1890 < 5 -- 39 277
1889 < 5 -- 44 248
1888 < 5 -- 37 296
1887 < 5 -- 46 240
1886 < 5 -- 39 274
1885 < 5 -- 58 210
1884 < 5 -- 47 253
1883 < 5 -- 45 238
1882 < 5 -- 54 224
1881 < 5 -- 47 222
1880 < 5 -- 41 265

United States name popularity data is provided by the Social Security Administration and is based on Social Security card applications.

Data for a given year is not made available until well into the next year.

Data reflects what was recorded and has not been edited for errors, so for example the gender associated with a name may be incorrect.

The more babies that are given a particular name, the higher the popularity ranking. If multiple names have the same usage, the tie is broken by assigning popularity rank in alphabetical order. Therefore in the case of names with fewer occurrences, names with the same number of occurrences may have vastly different rankings because they will be interranked alphabetically.

To safeguard privacy, the SSA does not include names with less than 5 occurrences.

Please note, we update the data each May when the SSA releases new figures. All data changes at that time, including previous years, which will change minutely based on new information.