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Riley Meaning


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Origin & Meaning

The name Riley is of Irish origin.

The meaning of Riley is "courageous, valiant".  

It is also of rye meadow and origin, where its meaning is "".


In the U.S. in 2014, it ranked 47  in baby name popularity for girls with 4761 occurrences.  It ranked 173 in popular baby names for boys with 2429 occurrences. 

View the Riley Name Popularity Page to see how the popularity trend for Riley has changed since 1880, or to compare the popularity of Riley to other names.


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Related Names

Variants of the name Riley include Reilley, Reilly, Ryle, Rylee, Ryleigh, Ryley, Rylie, Ryllie, Rylly.

Other Tidbits

Riley falls into the flower name category.

Name Fun

Would you like to fingerspell the name Riley in American Sign Language?

Then just follow the diagram below.

Be creative with the name Riley.

Just for fun, see the name Riley in Hieroglyphics, learn about ancient Egyptian Hieroglyphics and write a Hieroglyphic message.

Learn about nautical flags and see your name or message written in nautical flags, on the Riley in Nautical Flags page.

Names Like This

Irish names usually contain a given, middle and family name.

Given names frequently have their source in the Roman Catholic faith, or are derived from the traditional Gaelic.

Some Gaelic or old Irish names date back to the Celtic origins of Gaelach (Ireland). These names find their basis in ancient pagan religions, myths, legends, and superstitions held by the Gaels.