Riley: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Riley

Riley

Pronunciation: RIY-lee, RIY-ə-lee (key)

Origin of the name Riley:

Transferred use of the surname derived from the Old English elements ryge (rye) and lēah (wood, clearing, meadow). The name was indicative of one who dwelled near a rye field.

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

Related Names:

Reilly, Rylee

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Comments and insights on the name Riley: | Edit

Riley is a simple, classic, fairly common, handsome, masculine name for a baby boy. Pronounced Rie-lee.

Riley is a unisex name. My son is named Riley, but did consider it for our daughter first.

Personal experiences with the name Riley: | Edit

I knew a Riley. He had great hair.

Nicknames for Riley: | Edit

Ry, Ry-Ry, Riles, Lee, Roo

Meanings and history of the name Riley: | Edit

Means: 'Rye Clearing'. Derives from the Scottish surname Reilly.

Famous real-life people named Riley: | Edit

Riley King (B.B. King), American musician
Riley P. Bechtel, American businessman
Riley A. Bender, American businessman and politician
Riley Breckenridge, American musician
Riley Chamberlin, American silent film actor
Riley Martin, American author
Riley Smith, American actor
Riley Swanson, American football player
Riley Odoms, American football player
Riley Matheson, American football player
Riley Edward Donoho, son of actress Holly Marie Combs
Riley Arp, Professional CS:GO player

Riley in song, story & screen: | Edit

"The Life of Riley", popular 1940s radio series
Riley Stavros - character from the TV show Degrassi: The Next Generation
Riley Freeman - animated character from the TV show The Boondocks
Riley Biers- Twilight's Eclipse by Stephanie Meyer, Newborn Vampire

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