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Riley Meaning


What does Riley mean?

The name Riley is of Irish origin.

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 name Riley derives from two different origins.

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.

Riley Popularity

In the U.S. in 2018, it ranked 28 in baby name popularity for girls with 5,976 occurrences. It ranked 250 in baby name popularity for boys with 1,455 occurrences.

In contrast, the year before it ranked 25 in baby name popularity for girls with 6,353 occurrences. It ranked 253 in baby name popularity for boys with 1,465 occurrences.

The trend's your friend. See how Riley has changed in popularity since 1880 by visiting the Riley Name Popularity Page.

Riley Related Names

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

Famous Rileys

  • Riley 'B.B.' King ~ Blues Musician
  • Riley Hern ~ Ice Hockey Player

Riley Numerology

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Then take a look at the Numerological Report For Riley.

It may give you some insight about your new baby.

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Riley 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.

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