Riley

Riley - A very unique male name



  Jan 22,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Riley, meaning courageous, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #302. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Riley and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Riley? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Riley. The baby boy name Riley was given to 2,857 baby boys in 2012, ranking #133 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 574 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Riley peaked in popularity 15 years ago in 2002 on position 99.



Famous with this name

Sam Riley
Talulah Riley
Riley Keough


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Riley is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Riley is currently topping the baby name charts in Vermont at position #46 - and is the least popular in California at position #210.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Riley is where you live.


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Riley origin and meaning

Riley is a 5 letter name with 2 syllables. This name means courageous. To see famous people named Riley, pop culture references for the name Riley and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Riley

We've found the following names that sound similar to Riley, sorted by popularity.

Raul / Royal / Roel / Rylee / Reilly / Rahul / Ryley / Raoul / Rollie / Reyli /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012133
2011111
2010105
2009107
2008106
2007109
2006101
2005106
2004106
2003104
200299
2001105
2000109
1999127
1998127
1997135
1996146
1995170
1994194
1993218
1992266
1991292
1990309
1989341
1988384
1987395
1986433
1985480
1984533
1983599
1982616
1981658
1980745
1979706
1978713
1977839
19761202
1975936
1974988
1973890
1972900
1971817
19701192
1969861
1968769
1967969
1966806
19651169
1964807
1963833
1962748
1961753
1960793
1959697
1958717
1957637
1956668
1955646
1954601
1953573
1952540
1951546
1950591
1949505
1948497
1947501
1946505
1945500
1944491
1943482
1942489
1941448
1940475
1939488
1938489
1937479
1936462
1935462
1934432
1933434
1932489
1931474
1930451
1929476
1928473
1927459
1926447
1925497
1924483
1923463
1922469
1921472
1920450
1919415
1918446
1917468
1916449
1915440
1914551
1913432
1912393
1911510
1910302

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Vermont46
South Dakota55
North Dakota57
Montana60
Alaska66
Maine81
Oregon84
Wisconsin87
Minnesota90
Wyoming91
Idaho94
Arkansas100
West Virginia101
Tennessee102
Kentucky103
Virginia104
North Carolina106
Florida108
New Hampshire116
Indiana117
Hawaii117
Oklahoma118
Colorado118
Washington118
Nebraska121
Pennsylvania125
New Mexico126
Alabama126
Kansas127
Iowa127
Michigan130
New York134
Missouri134
Delaware139
Georgia139
Utah139
Ohio141
Nevada148
Louisiana153
Mississippi156
Maryland157
South Carolina167
Connecticut171
District of Columbia176
Arizona177
Massachusetts178
Illinois190
New Jersey192
Texas199
California210

Even more about Riley


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Riley a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Riley?

2 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
2002
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Riley
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 574
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +2,857

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