Riley

Riley - A unique female name



  Mar 27,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Riley, meaning courageous, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1985 on position #2187. 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 girl name Riley was given to 4,782 baby girls in 2012, ranking #47 on the national girl baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 296 baby girls were given this name - making this a unique female name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Riley peaked in popularity 8 years ago in 2009 on position 38.



Famous with this name

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Sam Riley
Tom Riley


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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 Delaware at position #17 - and is the least popular in Utah at position #204.

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.

Rylee / Rylie / Reilly / Raylee / Ryley / Rilee / Rhylee / Rilla / Raul / Rylea /

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
201247
201147
201040
200938
200839
200752
200656
200553
200458
200372
200277
2001106
2000131
1999137
1998166
1997184
1996242
1995287
1994348
1993457
1992558
1991729
1990874
19891144
19881408
19871570
19861590
19852187

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Delaware17
Rhode Island21
Wyoming26
Louisiana30
Maryland30
Missouri30
West Virginia31
Pennsylvania31
North Carolina33
New Hampshire33
New Jersey35
Ohio35
South Carolina35
Massachusetts38
Connecticut38
Michigan39
Hawaii40
Mississippi41
Alaska41
Oklahoma41
Colorado42
Kentucky44
New York46
Georgia47
Tennessee47
Florida48
Montana49
Iowa49
Kansas49
Alabama51
Virginia53
Indiana57
Maine60
Oregon65
Illinois66
New Mexico68
Nevada68
Nebraska69
Arizona69
Arkansas70
Wisconsin71
Texas75
California80
North Dakota82
District of Columbia96
Washington102
Minnesota108
Idaho148
South Dakota154
Utah204

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 unique female 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
2009
Peak year
Female


Popularity Score™

Name Riley
Gender Female
Popularity 1 in 296
Letter count 5
Syllable count 2
Year first discovered 1985
2012 births +4,782

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