US Popularity:65
Other Origin(s):Irish
Meaning:rye clearing; courageous, valiant
Riley is a gender-neutral name of British origin. A versatile choice for both girls and boys, it means "rye clearing." First cultivated thousands of years ago, rye is a cereal grain that thrives under difficult conditions. With this association, you can encourage baby Riley to withstand life's challenges and overcome obstacles to achieve their dreams. Riley also stems from the Irish surname Reilly, meaning "courageous" or "valiant." If you want to honor your ancestral roots or inspire baby to be brave, this interpretation may fit the bill.

Famous People Named Riley

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Riley Cooper
    Football Player
  • Riley Edward Donoho
    Son of Holly Combs
  • Riley Smith

Riley Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Riley is currently #31 on The Bump
Boy:Riley is currently #26 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Riley is currently #16 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Riley is currently #65 in U.S. births
Boy:Riley is currently #411 in U.S. births
Girl:Riley is currently #105 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
- 8
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
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