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Riley Name Information

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

Meaning of Riley

Riley is a gender-neutral name with two meanings. One of them came from the original Gaelic word raghalach, which means “valiant.” This eventually became the surname O’Reilly
The other meaning came from the Old English words rye and leah, meaning wood, clearing or meadow. The surname O’Reilly was once also used to indicate someone who lives near a rye field or meadow.
The surname became to a common Irish first name for boys, and its spelling changed to 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. , first time it appeared at No. 286 but it has dropped 200 spot in 1914. but it made a comeback and until now its increasing in popularity,  from the last data,  now Riley placed No. 33 in ranking of U.S

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9/20/2022 10:05:38 PM

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.

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9/11/2022 5:05:22 PM

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.

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5/4/2022 8:32:24 PM

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. :)

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2/16/2022 12:55:12 PM

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.

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1/7/2022 2:06:18 AM

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!

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1/7/2022 12:16:30 AM

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