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Gender: Male Meaning of Riley: "courageous" Origin of Riley: Irish Riley's Popularity in 2017: #253

The name Riley is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "courageous". Riley is ranked #253 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Literary Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Heaven Hell Purgatory -- GIRLS".

From the experts:

Riley -- one of the most popular unisex names -- is rising faster now for girls than boys. 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.

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Famous People Named Riley

Riley "B.B." King, American blues 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 (b. 1992), son of director David Lynch
(Hudson) Riley Hawk (b. 1992), son of skateboarder Tony Hawk
Riley Ken'ichi Marino (b. 2006), son of actor Ken Marino
Riley Edward Donoho (b. 2006), son of actress Holly Marie Combs
Riley John Wagner-Lewis (b. 2006), son of TV journalist Katie Wagner
Riley James David Hill (b. 2008), son of reality TV personality Steven Hill
Riley Kinnear (b. 2010), son of actors Rory Kinnear and Pandora Collin
Riley Doran Manno (b. 2018), son of American television and radio host Kevin Manno and American television personality, correspondent, host, spokesperson, and blogger Ali Fedotowsky-Manno, brother to Molly Sullivan

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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