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Gender: F Meaning of Riley: "courageous" Origin of Riley: Irish Riley's Popularity in 2016: #22

Riley -- an upbeat, friendly Irish surname name -- is red hot for girls (though still going strong for boys). More than 7000 girls were named Riiley in 2016, enough to land it in the Top 25 for the first time. And that doesn't even begin to account for Rylee, Ryleigh, and other popular variations. Riley is one of the few contemporary androgynous names that did not lose its masculine power when it became popular for girls.

Newsperson Norah O'Donnell has a daughter named Riley Norah.

Famous People Named Riley

(Danielle) Riley Keough, American actress/model, daughter of Lisa Marie Presley; granddaughter of Elvis Presley
Riley Elizabeth Weston, American actress
Riley Reid, American adult film actress
Riley DeLuise (b. 1993), daughter of actor David DeLuise; granddaughter of actor Dom DeLuise
Riley Burruss (b. 2002), daughter of reality TV personality Kandi Burruss of "The Real Housewives of Atlanta"
Riley Claire Bryggman (b. 2003), daughter of actor Larry Bryggman
Riley Rose Campbell (b. 2004), daughter of actors Alan Campbell and Lauren Kennedy
Riley Collins (b. 2005), daughter of NFL player Kerry Collins
Riley Dylan Sullivan (b. 2007), daughter of baseball player Cory Sullivan
Riley Norah Tracy (b. 2008), daughter of TV journalist Norah O'Donnell and chef Geoff Tracy
Riley Maddox Blais (b. 2008), daughter of Richard Blais of "Top Chef"
Riley Elizabeth Dempster (b. 2009), daughter of baseball player Ryan Dempster
Riley Barber (b. 2010), daughter of NFL player Tiki Barber; twin of Ella Barber
Riley Elizabeth Curry (b. 2012), daughter of basketball player Stephen Curry
Riley Grace Vilasuso (b. 2012), daughter of actor Jordi Vilasuso
Riley Anne Mesnick (b. 2013), daughter of reality TV personalities Jason and Molly Mesnick of "The Bachelor/ette"
Riley Paige Busby (b.2015), one of the Busby Quints on TV's "Outdaughtered"
Coco Riley Arquette (b. 2004), daughter of actors Courteney Cox and David Arquette
Hania Riley Sinclair (b. 2008), daughter of actor Vin Diesel and model Paloma Jimenez
Reiley Dilys Stella Willis (b. 2010), daughter of designer Stella McCartney and Alasdhair Willis

Pop Culture References for the name Riley

Riley Daring, main character on TV's "The Replacements"
Riley Lawrence, character in film "Winning London;" twin of Chloe Lawrence
Riley Carlson, character on TV's "So Little Time"
Riley Parks, main character on TV's "The Client List"
Riley Matthews, daughter of Cory and Topanga Matthews on "Girl Meets World"
Riley Perrin, character on TV's "Baby Daddy"
Riley Blue, character on the Netflix show "Sense8"
Riley Andersen, character in Disney Pixar's "Inside Out"
Riley Grandy, Gwen's daughter on TV's "The Mindy Project"
Riley Marra, a character on MTV's "Scream"
Riley, character in "Moving in"
Riley, British motor car introduced by an English family surnamed Riley
Spelled this way, the surname is not always Irish, having an alternate origin in the English county of Lancashire

Rylea, Reilly, Ryleigh, Reilley, Rylie, Ryley, Rylee