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Gender: M Meaning of Riley: "courageous" Origin of Riley: Irish Riley's Popularity in 2016: #225

Riley -- a friendly, popular surname choice -- is rising faster now for girls than boys; Riley's in the female Top 40. Still, there are lots of athletes and other notable real-life namesakes for a boy named Riley, as well as fictional ones in Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Twilight: Eclipse.

Famous People Named Riley

Riley "B.B." King, American musician
(James) Riley Breckenridge, American drummer
Riley Chamberlin, American actor
Riley Lee Martin, American author and radio host
Riley Bryant Smith, American actor
Riley Mackey Odoms, American NFL football player
Riley Matheson, American NFL football player
Riley Thomas Cooper, American NFL football player
Riley Griffiths, American actor
Riley Pint, American baseball player
Riley Thomas McDonough, American musician of band Before You Exit
Riley Sweeney Lynch, son of American director David Lynch
Riley Hawk, son of American skateboarder Tony Hawk
Riley Ken'ichi Marino, son of American actor Ken Marino
Riley James David Hill, son of American reality TV personality Steven Hill
Riley Kinnear, son of American actors Rory Kinnear and Pandora Collin
Riley Edward Donoho (b. 2006), son of actress Holly Marie Combs
Riley John Wagner-Lewis (b. 2006), son of American television personality and Hollywood reporter Katie Wagner

Pop Culture References for the name Riley

Riley Finn, character on TV's "Buffy the Vampire Slayer"
Riley Freeman, character in "The Boondocks" comic strip and TV series
Riley Stavros, character on TV's "Degrassi: The Next Generation"
Riley Roberts, character on TV's "The Torkelsons"
Riley Poole, character in the National Treasure movies
Riley Parker, character on Australian TV soap "Neighbours"
Riley Costello, character on British soap "Hollyoaks"
Riley Bay, character in "Awoken" by Serra Elinsen
Riley Cromos, character in "Sims" series
Riley Biers, character in the Twilight Saga
Riley Douglas Martin, character on TV's "Living with Fran"
Riley Burns, character in Jenny Nimmo's "The Children of the Red King" series
Riley, a British motor car named after its originators, the Riley family
Riley (as distinct from Reilly) is not always an Irish surname; it also originates in the English county of Lancashire.
"The Life of Riley," song by The Lightning Seeds

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