[ 2 syll. ri-dley, rid-l-ey ] The baby boy name Ridley is pronounced as RIHDLiy- †. Ridley is mainly used in the English language and its language of origin is Old English. The first name is derived from names of various towns and villages so called in England. In Essex and Kent, the place name is derived from the Old English 'hreod' and 'leah' (meaning wood, clearing, meadow), while in Cheshire and Northumbria, the place name is from 'rydde' and 'leah' (meaning wood, clearing, meadow). In the 16th century, the popularity of the name grew among English Protestants, who bestowed it in honor of the
bishop, Nicholas Ridley (1500-1555), who was martyred and burnt at the stake for his teachings.
Ridley is an unusual baby name for boys. It is ranked outside of the top 1000 names.
Baby names that sound like Ridley include Riddli, Riddlie, Ridlee, Ridli, Ridlie, Ridly, Radlee, Radley, Radli, Radlie, Radly, Raedlee, Raedley, Raedli, Raedlie, Raedly, Ratool, Ratoole, Ratoul, and Ratoule.
† Pronunciation for Ridley: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IH as in "it (IH.T)" ; D as in "day (D.EY)" ; L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"
A famous person named Ridley is Filmmaker Ridley Scott, born 30 November 1937, South Shields, England.