Riley - Meaning of Riley
[ 2 syll. ri-ley, ril-ey ] The baby girl name Riley is also used as a boy name, though it is more popular for girls. It is pronounced as RIYLiy- †. Riley has its origins in the Old English language and it is used largely in English. The meaning of Riley is 'rye field'. It is derived from ryge which means 'rye' ; leah 'wood, clearing, meadow'. It represents the transferred use of the geographic name and the surname as a given name. See Riley for more information.Raleigh, Raley, Reileigh, Reiley, Reilley, Reily, Rhiley, Rhylee, Rhyley, Rieley, Rielle, Rielly, Riely, Rilea, Rileah, Rilee, Rileigh, Rili, Rilie, Rilley, Rillie, Rily, Rilye, Ryelana, Ryely, Ryesen, Rylea, Ryleigh, Ryley, and Rysen. Other English forms include the spelling variants Reilly, Ryelee, Rylee, Rylie, and Rylly. The Irish Rilo is a form of Riley that is used in foreign languages.
See also the related form, the name Briley.
Riley is very popular as a baby girl name. Its usage peaked modestly in 2009 with 0.279% of baby girls being named Riley. It was #38 in rank then. The baby name has experienced a substantial drop in popularity since then, and is of only infrequent use in recent times. In 2012, it ranked at #47 with a usage of 0.249%, but it was nevertheless the most popular among all girl names in its family. Riley was thrice as popular as the 2nd most popular name, Ryleigh, in 2012. Although there were times prior to 1999 that Riley was more popular with boys, today it is used more commonly as a baby girl name. In 2011, 52% more baby girls than boys were given the name Riley.
Baby names that sound like Riley include Reilley, Reilly, Reily, Rielly, Riely, Rylee, Rachele, Raelee, Raeleigh, Raella, Rahel, Rahil, Raleigh, Raley, Raula, Rayelle, Rayla, Raylee, Rayleigh, and Raylie.
† Pronunciation for Riley: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)"