What does Riley mean?
The meaning of Riley is "courageous, valiant".
It is also of English origin, where its meaning is "rye meadow".
Riley is used as both a boys and girls name.
It consists of 5 letters and 2 syllables and is pronounced Ri-ley.
The Given Name Riley
The Irish derivation is as a transferred use variant spelling of the Irish surname Reilly which itself is a form of the Irish Gaelic given name Raghallach.
It is also a transferred use of the English surname, a place name describing rye meadows.
Its meaning in this case derives from the Old English elements ryge meaning "rye" and leah meaning "clearing" or "meadow".
Riley falls into the flower name category.
Some famous bearers of this name include: Riley 'B.B.' King, and Riley Hern.
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Riley Related Names
- Riley 'B.B.' King ~ Blues Musician
- Riley Hern ~ Ice Hockey Player
Riley Name Fun
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