Riley name meaning

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What does the name Riley mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Riley

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Riley means "Brave, Kind, Funny, and sensitive" and is of English origin.
  2. According to a user from Australia, the name Riley is of English origin and means "One who is brave".
  3. A submission from Tennessee, U.S. says the name Riley means "Sensitive,nice,kind,Brave" and is of Irish origin.
  4. According to a user from California, U.S., the name Riley is of Latin origin and means "Derived from the Latin phrase 'Sunt Camertem Heroicis' It roughly means: one who is heroic".
  5. A user from Oklahoma, U.S. says the name Riley means "Brave".
  6. A user from California, U.S. says the name Riley means "inspirational, extraordinary, and funny".
  7. According to a user from New Jersey, U.S., the name Riley is of Irish origin and means "Courageous".
  8. According to a user from Missouri, U.S., the name Riley is of English origin and means "Courage".
  9. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Riley is of English origin and means "Humorous".
  10. A user from Germany says the name Riley is of Celtic origin and means "Valiant".
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  1. United States poet (1849-1916)
  1. A surname​ of Irish origin, variant of Reilly.
  2. An English habitational surname​ from Ryley in Lancashire, from Old English ryge (“rye”) +leah (“clearing, meadow”).
  3. A manufacturer of British motorcars (1907-1969) named after William Riley Jr.
  4. A male given name transferred from the surname, of 19th century and later usage.
  5. A female given name from surname, of 1990s and later usage.

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Notable Persons Named Riley

Notable Persons Named Riley

Riley Keough

Riley Keough is a model and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Riley was given the name Danielle Riley Keough by her parent Lisa Marie Presley on May 29th, 1989 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

Riley Reid

Riley was born on July 9th, 1991 in Miami Beach, Florida.

B.B. King

B.B. King was a blues, rhythm, and blues rock musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. He was most prominent from 1948 to 2015. B.B. was given the name Riley B. King on September 16th, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi, U.S. He died on May 14th, 2015.

Riley Steele

Riley was born on August 26th, 1987 in San Diego.

Riley Smith

Riley Smith is an actor and musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Riley was given the name Riley Bryant Smith on April 12th, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.

Riley Voelkel

Riley Voelkel is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Riley was born on April 26th, 1990 in Elk Grove, California, U.S.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Riley

Notable Persons With the Last Name Riley

Talulah Riley

Talulah Riley is an actress. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Talulah was given the name Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn on September 26th, 1985 in Hertfordshire, England, UK.

Charlotte Riley

Charlotte Riley is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Charlotte was born on December 29th, 1981 in Grindon, County Durham.

Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley is a television presenter. Rachel was given the name Rachel Annabelle Riley on January 11th, 1986 in Rochford, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

Sam Riley

Sam Riley is an actor and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Sam was born on January 8th, 1980 in Menston.

Pat Riley

Pat Riley is a basketball player for the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1967 to 1976. Pat was born on March 20th, 1945 in Rome, New York.

Tom Riley

Tom Riley is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Tom was born on April 5th, 1981 in Maidstone.

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    Musical Artist
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  • James Whitcomb Riley
  • Richard Riley
    6th United States Secretary of Education
  • Marc Riley
    Radio Host
  • Bob Riley
    Office Holder
  • Gina Riley
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  • Boots Riley
  • Michael Riley
  • Gary Riley
  • Steve Riley

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Riley U.S.
  White 72.79% 64.26%
  African American 21.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Riley

People with the last name Riley are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Riley

  • What name lists does Riley rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Riley? Riley is the 366th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Riley was the 30th most popular name. As a last name Riley was the 217th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Riley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 208,305 babies born with the first name Riley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Riley to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Riley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 41 new born babies.
  • When was Riley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Riley is Saturday, March 23rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Riley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Riley was in 2016 with a total of 7,147 babies. That's a lot of babies named Riley!
  • Random Riley Factoid: According to the 2011 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Riley ranks 25th in popularity as a baby girl's name in Pennsylvania. Imagine that, 277 babies in Pennsylvania have the same name in 2011.
  • Weird things about the name Riley: The name spelled backwards is Yelir. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ilrye. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Riley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 133,872 people with the last name Riley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Riley? Riley was ranked as the 217th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Riley name meaning

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