Riley meaning

: Rye Clearing

Riley Name Information

Gender 👩🧑 Boy And Girl
Pronunciation 📣 \ry-lee\
Number of People 👶 208,000
Rate in 2021 64
Numerology 🔢 6
Name origin 🌍 English
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Riley Name Meaning

The name Riley holds a beautiful and significant meaning that resonates with individuals who bear this name. Derived from the Old English language, Riley has roots in various cultures and carries different interpretations.

In Old English, Riley is derived from the words "ryge" meaning rye, a type of grain, and "leah" meaning clearing or meadow. This combination gives the name Riley an earthy and natural essence, symbolizing growth, abundance, and connection to nature.

Riley also has Irish origins, where it is believed to be derived from the Gaelic surname Ó Raghailligh or Ó Raghallaigh. In this context, Riley signifies courage, valor, and resilience. It reflects a strong-willed spirit that can overcome challenges with determination.

Furthermore, the name Riley has gained popularity in recent years as a unisex name. It embodies qualities such as strength, versatility, intelligence, and charm that transcend gender stereotypes. Whether male or female, those bearing the name Riley are seen as confident individuals who possess a magnetic personality.

Overall, the name Riley carries multiple meanings that speak to its rich history and diverse cultural influences. It represents qualities of nature's beauty intertwined with strength and resilience. Those who bear this name can embrace its significance as they carve their own unique path in life.

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The popularity of the name Riley

 In more recent times the name has changed into a unisex option in the United States 
since 1900 Riley is on the top 1000 name ranking list of U.S., the first time it appeared at No. 286 but it has dropped 200 spot in 1914. but it made a comeback and until now it's increasing in popularity,  from the last date,  now Riley placed No. 33 in the ranking of U.S

The name “ Riley “ is one of the most popular names all around the world. This name is the 45th most common girl’s name in Connecticut based on the data given by reliable American resources in the year 2014 in the United States of America. For instance, imagine that about 57 newborn babies in Connecticut have the same name as your baby in the year 2014. A total of about 7500 newborn babies also bear the name “ Riley “ in the year 2014  in the united states of America. From the year 1880 to the year 2018, the highest recorded use of this name was related to the year 2016 with a total of about 7200 newborn babies.

From the year 1880 to the year 2018, the given name was recorded about 210000 times in the SSA public database.

The name appeared in the year 1880 for the first time on the popularity charts. This name was given to about 50 newborn babies. This name became a popular name in the year 2002 with a rank of 77 nationwide and also was registered about 4009 times as a baby’s name. The name “ Riley “ became a common name in the state of Hawaii in the year 2016. The name ranked 6 with about 45 newborn babies. The all-time high record for this name was in the year 2016 in the state of California with nearly 600 newborn baby girls.

The given name is a consistent top-ranking name in the state of Iowa for about 22 consecutive years, ( from the year 1996 to the year 2018. This name also became a popular name in the state of Kansas for about 23 consecutive years.

Also for the past 30 years, the name “ Riley ” was recorded about 190000 times in the SSA public database.


The personality of the name Riley

R is for relaxing, you know how!

I is for impress, for impress you will.

L is for loyalty, that you show.

E is for exotic, no lack of spirit here!

Y is for yearning, your innermost desires.

If you are named “ Riley “, your heart’s desire can be an adventure. “ Freedom “ is essential to your happiness and life. Meeting new friends, and getting new experiences can add variety to your life. You are no stranger to change you embrace it. Your sharp mind makes you curious about many things you want. You might find it a bit difficult to commit. If you want to jump from one project to another, this might not be very useful!



Famous people named Riley

Riley Reiff who is an American football player

Riley Ridley is an American football player

Riley Edward Robinson who was an English minister

Riley Rossmo is a Canadian comic book artist


Names with the letter R

Royal, Rama, Radha, Ryan

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01/14/2024 00:00:00

my 2 year old son is called Riley and i love it, his middle name is Jay and i think it goes together perfectly! i hate it when people try and shorten it and call him ri, its awful lol and when he is older if friends try and change his name i will tell them off!!!

01/14/2024 00:00:00

I think for a boy the spelling fits most as Ryley. But I love Ryliee Madison for a girl.

11/13/2023 09:09:32

I believe this name is neutral, because I am from an Irish family and my last name is Riley. I know many girls and boys named Riley. I think spelling the name differently is very cool. My name is Aisja and it comes from the name Asia. I like my name because it makes me who I am. Also you have to remember Riley originated from the name O' Riley.

10/31/2023 09:38:12

My 2nd son's name is Riley. We kept it as Riley. The problem with today's parents are that they want to be creative but not thinking that the child will be forever spelling out their name because of them. Riley, how it's spelled is PERFECT! Rylee, Rhiley, Ryleigh❤️❤️❤️ Come on people, are you trying to create another language here... Think of the child not your creativity. By the way Rylee, Rhiley and Ryleigh are quite sad ways of spelling the perfect name, Riley!

10/30/2023 08:04:06

My middle name is Riley, and I'm a SHE! Riley is very good for a boy, it sound gentle and warm-hearted when it's on a boy, makes him look better. I agree that it is originally a boy's name, but does it matter of it is a boys or a girls name❤️ it's about do you like it and will you child like it. Unisex names are in now, names like Paris, Logan ( who'd thought it's a girl name too❤️!) Ashley... Riley. I love it because it expresses my hot temper and masculine mind. Riley is a name for both, boys and girls, and THAT'S OK!! Chill out, people, I don't think that will affect your child if it has an Unisex name ( the problem is when the CHILD is unisex). IN each case, the name Riley is great, no matter if it's for a girl or a boy!

10/26/2023 05:19:18

i never knew riley was a girls name thought it was for lads❤️ its cute for a lad

10/24/2023 16:35:08

My nephew's name is Ryley. I think it's a very masculine name and is perfect for a little boy, while it will grow with him to be a strong man's name. His name is Ryley William James, there's nothing feminine about that, and there's definitely nothing feminine about Ryley! But, each to their own. Does it really matter if it's a girl's name or a boy's name❤️ As long as the parents like it, that's all that counts. And you wouldn't name your kid something you didn't like, would you❤️!

10/17/2023 01:11:56

my sons names is Rhiley Leighton and he just turned 4 its spelled different but I love it.

09/11/2023 17:55:02

I spell my sons name Reiley. I thought it was cute and unique. I love the name and so do my friends and family. I also think its cute for a girl.

09/06/2023 17:43:00

just so anyone who is searching for the origins of riley, it's an irish name, although there are different derivatives, like Reilly is the English version and so on. Riley is actually a BOYS name, but in the past 5-6yrs has become popular also as a girls name. Either way it is a great name (my son's name!) but it did actually originate as a men's name and was just able to cross over into a cute, spunky little girls name!

08/16/2023 01:32:00

I think Riley is the most beautiful name to call either a boy or a girl. I'd love to be called Riley. It sounds so soft and elegant I think. There are so many ways you can spell it too. Riley, Rhiley, Rileigh, Rylee, Rili, Rileey whatever!

08/13/2023 02:42:22

my sons name is riley, he is 8 now. when a chose his name i had only heard it on buffy, it is getting popular now,,but i like it more for a boy then a girls name..

07/13/2023 05:13:28

Riley can be a girls or boys name i mean come on does it really mater❤️ It is a beautifull girls name in fact i like i better as a GIRLS NAME!

07/10/2023 00:48:48

We named our son Riley for two reasons. The Irish Origin. and secondly because my late father-in-law loved to play the guitar and was a fan of BB King, whose real name is Riley. So a bit of trivia to add in there. It seems like four years ago when we chose this name for our baby boy, everyone we knew had or knew of a little girl named Riley. We caught flack for it. I can't tell you how many times we heard about someone's second cousin's uncle's brother who had a little girl named Riley. Did it bother me❤️ No, it really doesn't. It's originally a boy's name. And there's no name more fitting for my sweet tender-hearted little bear with a heart of gold. Just don't tell me it's supposed to be a girl's name! LOL It's unisex. Our eldest is named Skyler- that's unisex, too. Although, we didn't plan it that way. We just thought Skyler made a very pretty girl's name. At the end of the day, I don't care if it's used on a boy or a girl... I would much rather hear of someone naming their baby girl Riley, than hear of someone naming their baby girl Moon or Zodiac. Many boys names have crossed over in recent years, and there's nothing wrong with that...

06/22/2023 21:57:24

My oldest son's name is Riley he is 4 and loves his name. I agree it can be either a masculine or feminine but I personally found it more masculine. I think it suits him beautifully. But this is 2008 about to be 2009 I think we are way past labeling names. Its gorgeous for a girl and handsome for a boy. BEAUTIFUL NAME ALL AROUND =)

06/17/2023 20:17:12

My oldest son is named Riley James. It's a simple middle name but it goes together nicely.

04/30/2023 01:26:00

i love this name but the spelling isnt irish ❤️ the irish surname is spelled reilly and is a common surname

04/07/2023 21:12:02

Today I saw a posting asking if Riley is a name better used for Girls or Boys. Over 80% responding said it is a name best used for a girl. I have to agree. It sounds very feminine and pretty.

03/20/2023 15:18:22

I really like this name for a girl or a boy. It's dea cute and it's deffo an option for us :)

02/11/2023 13:42:16

My has this name but it is spelled differently. Her name is spelled Rhiley. I think it makes it more of a girl's name.

12/22/2022 11:36:00

I was recently in a store where they had barrettes with names hand painted on them. Very pretty! And one of the names they have is Riley. I think that says it all. I picture a beautiful girl whenever I hear the name.

12/19/2022 13:39:16

Me & my husband are going to name our little girl Rylee the lee is his middle name so I think it fits & we cannot come up with a middle name that we agree on so any ideas would be appreciated.. thanks!

12/05/2022 04:55:22

Riley is the name of my adorable baby son. I do agree its also a lovely name for a girl, but do prefer it for a boy.

11/26/2022 04:54:52

My infant son's name is Riley. I have heard some people say that its a girls name and others say no no its a boys name, but in my opinion i think the whole name your daughter riley is a name fad/trend that is going on right now. Names are popular within certain times and then it passes. But overall i mean we named him Riley because of the Irish origin and its meaning and we also liked it because it was a blend of my middle name and my husbands name ( ryan ) Ryan , Tammy, Riley has the sound of the first syllable ( Rye ) and then the second from my middle name lee( eee sound ) . . Riley. People are always going to talk smack and give their opinions about baby names and my opinion is i dont think its a girls name but if the next person named their daughter Riley , I wouldn't mind. To each their own.

11/08/2022 10:46:32

i am having a boy and was wondering what name spelling do yall think is cute❤️ i would stay with the orginal way but i am unsure i have a little girl that i lost back in 2006 and we named her kiley so i am unsure if for riley if i should spell it the same are change it up please give me yall input thanks,

10/26/2022 04:29:38

Riley is my favorite boy name of all time! Lol. I've always thought this name was beautiful. I hate it for a girl. I hear of all these girls named Riley and I just don't think it would fit for a girl.

10/23/2022 20:39:18

Thats The Name And Spelling I Want For My Kid. And Ryleigh Is A Good Way To Spell It Too!!

10/19/2022 07:37:20

My mom named me Riley after my great-grandfather, and now my nephew's middle name is Riley. It's an awesome name but unfortunately it's as popular now as Jennifer and Michelle were back in the 70s & 80s. Everywhere I go there's a baby Riley - it's crazy. At least I had 20 years of being somewhat unique. :)

10/06/2022 00:27:32

riley is only name thought of to cal boy or a girl i think its unusual 4 a gals name!

10/03/2022 02:13:10

My husband and I are spelling our daughter's name Reiley to add some uniqueness to this name. One person in particular on this blog posted that it is a fad but then comments that she named her son this name. If it is such a trend that will come and go then maybe it should apply to both sexes. Anyway, we chose this name because of the Irish origin and my name is Raechelle and his is Ryan, so it blends perfectly. Thanks for your permission to name my daughter Reiley, ttammyy08!

09/20/2022 22:05:38

I don't think this is a fad/trend of naming girls Riley as the person above mentioned. Riley looks and sounds very pretty and looks girly when written. It's a beautiful Irish girl name. Sorry, but I don't see anything masculine about it. And males don't like to have anything girl like associated with them. Most male Leslie's go by Les before Leslie became only given to girls. Newborn boys being named Riley I think will be on the decline.

09/11/2022 17:05:22

Unisex. Sheesh. Have a spasm XD I've heard it both ways, and I don't particularly mind it for any scenario, however I PREFER it for a female. One day I was hit with a crazy command to name a very important female character of my story Rhiley. (Yeah, the 'h' doesn't seem to be very common if you look through the majority of people's alterations of the name. Which is one reason in particular I chose to spell it like such.) Riley, Rhiley, Ryleigh, and all the other crazy combinations... nice name, nice name.

05/04/2022 20:32:24

I think it's a really cute name, I don't know if I would use it. But it's not masculine or for a boy at all. I don't understand how anyone would name a boy this. But I like it spelled Rylie instead. :)

02/16/2022 12:55:12

Im quoting someone on here that said: "The name was created for boys & has been used for decades on boys! Just b/c people started using this name for girls 10 years ago or so does not mean it's a girl's name" If you think about it there are soooo many endless names out there that were intended for girls/boys and now a days were saying that no this is a girls name, no thats a boys name, etc. I mean says whom, i mean really ❤️ We can name our children how we want to name them period and i personally dont need a public justification as to what gender it fits living in the year 2008 and whats the hottest name trend, its silly. Ive named my son Riley Philip and in my opinion its a very masculine name and it has meaning behind it, the definition is "valiant" that doesn't sound in definition "feminine" to me. lol My husbands name is Ryan and his mother was going to name him Ryan even if he was born a girl ( gasp ! ) I mean really . . To each their own really when it come down to it, i wish people would stop preaching about what is a girls name now a days and yes it is a trend, thats why people out there are kind of puzzled because they thought it was a boys name. The name was originally for males, what does that tell you ❤️ Ashley was originally a boys name and we have transformed it in society to a girls name. Its all in how you look at it, again to each their own , but it was originally a boys name and in respect to us that name our sons RILEY yes it is still a boys name.

01/07/2022 02:06:18

I have never seen it spelled with 2 I's but we spell my 17 year old daughter's name Ryleigh. We get lots of compliments on the spelling because I think it looks more feminine. All three of my girls have boys names, I'm not sure why, we just liked them. It's a great name and my Ryleigh never seems offended when she meets a boy with the same name or a different spelling. She actually thinks it's pretty cool!

01/07/2022 00:16:30

i really love this name for a boy, but i dont know what middle names goes well with it❤️ Riley .....❤️ Briggs❤️

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Riley FAQs

*️⃣ What is the origin of the name Riley?
The origin of the name Riley is English.
*️⃣ What is meaning of name Riley?
Rye Clearing
*️⃣ How many people are named Riley?
Almost 208000 people are named Riley.