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Riley meaning

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Meaning of Riley :

Little Stream, Valiant, Courageous

Origin of name Riley :
Celtic, English, Gaelic, Irish
Riley Numerology :
Personality No. 1. People with the name Riley have leadership qualities. They act in a manner that they receive accolade. They are domineering & pushy. They have inordinate self-esteem. Person with name Riley having 1 as Personality number are independent & are not afraid of exploring new avenues. They may be self-centered & arrogant. They are restless & create new things. They are physically strong.
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of Name Riley :
The name Riley comes from an old Irish name Raghallaigh derived from the Gaelic word ‘raghalach’ which means ‘courageous, valiant’. In England the surname is usually locational, from the village of Riley Green near Blackburn or possibly Riley Hill, near Lichfield, in Staffordshire. Various publications also mention a place called Riley in Devonshire, but if such a place ever existed, that no longer seems to be the case. The meaning of the name is probably "Rye Farm" from the Olde English pre 7th century "rygh - leah", but other translations are possible such as Reed Farm.
of Name Riley :
The name underwent multiple changes from the original surname ‘Raghallach’ and from a local name from a place named with Old English ryge (rye) and leah. It then went on to evolve from Anglican influence and became the Irish surname O’Reilly. The surname in its various forms is one of the most popular in Ireland, particularly in County Cavan and neighbouring counties, where they were known as the chiefs of Breffny.
Popular In :
United States, England and Wales Scotland, and Australia
Information about the
Name of Riley :
The spelling changed to Riley from ‘Reilly’ as the name was adopted by more and more people around the world. While it is a unisex name in some countries, such as the US and New Zealand, it is typically seen as a name for boys around the rest of the world. Riley means “valiant”, because the original man to bear the name Raghallach died in the Battle of Clontarf.
Famous People with
Name Riley :
Riley Bryant Smith – He is an American film actor and singer for the band The Life of Riley. Riley King – He is known professionally as B.B. King, an American electric guitarist, blues singer and songwriter, and a record producer. He introduced the style of soloing using the vibrato. Riley L. Pitts – He is a United States Army Captain. He was also the first African-American officer who received the Medal of Honor from U.S President Lyndon Johnson.
Variant Baby Names of Riley:

Reilley, Reilly, Rilee, Rileigh, Rylee And Ryley., Reilley, Reilly, Rilee, Rileigh, Rylee And Ryley., Rileigh, Rylee, Reilly, Rileigh, RyleeRella (Hebrew), Rahel (German), Reilly (English)

Rhyming Names of Riley: 
Riley with popular Irish Surnames:

Riley Budd,   Riley Davey,   Riley Bingham,   Riley Bourke,   Riley Napier


More About Irish Name : Riley

  • Riley is a unisex name used chiefly in the English language and it is derived from Old English origins. Riley has the meaning rye field. From the elements 'ryge' meaning rye ; 'leah' meaning wood, clearing, meadow.

  • This name has been transferred from the Irish surname Ó Raghallaigh or O'Reilly. It is composed by the two elements ryge means Kind of grains and leah means Clearing in Old English Origin.

Famous Name Riley

  • Samantha Riley

    is an Australian breaststroke swimmer of partial Aboriginal descent[1][2] of the 1990s who competed for Australia in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics and the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, winning three medals. She trained under Scott Volkers at the Commercial Swimming Club in Brisbane.


Riley Name also appears in following Origin(s): Old English, Irish, Gaelic, Scottish

Riley also appears in following countries/origins/languages: English, American, Australian, Chinese, British

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  • What does the name Riley mean? :

    Baby girl name meaning Little Stream, Valiant, Courageous in Irish. Riley also named in English, American, Australian, Chinese, British for girl . We have received lots of suggestion from our website users on baby names. We are thankful for all the contribution on meaning of girl name Riley. What does the name Riley mean in other origin if you know then please suggest. Further suggestion or detail on what is the meaning of name Riley. History of name and famous personality with Riley will help to update our database and other website users.

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