Riley Name Meaning & Origin

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.

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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 Rye-lee.

My Riley loves to sing, and has a beautiful voice. He's also extremely energetic and handsome!

Personal experiences with the name Riley: | Edit

My parents named me riley
I might name my son riley
I am a teacher and I teach a boy named Riley, he is super cute, but all of my students are, I teach 1st grade at an all boys academy. He has wavy brown hair and big green eyes. If I didn't know him I would have named my 2 and a half month old Riley.

My sister is named Riley. People tend to spell it as Reilly on christmas cards and the sorts. I think my sister's name is very sweet and girly. Our parents were found of unisex names, so I think this is one name that could flow both ways. I haven't met as many boys named Riley as I have girls. It's definitely a popular name though

Nicknames for Riley: | Edit

Riggs, Riggly, Rye, Riles, Riley-Roo, Ri, Ri ri, Smiley Riley

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
Riley Poole- National Treasure 1 and 2
Riley Matthews- Main protagonist and title character of the TV show Girl Meets World

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