Riley (given name)

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Pronunciation /ˈrli/ RY-lee
Gender originally male now both
Word/name Irish Gaelic
Meaning "valiant", "rye clearing"
Other names
Related names Rylee, Rhiley, Rilie, Reilly, Reily, Ryleigh

Riley is a given name for males and females, which first appeared as Raghallach, which was originated on a man who died in the Battle of Clontarf. Its source gives its meaning as "valiant".[1]

Though originally a given name, it is more popular and well known as a surname. The surname's first variant is Ó Raghallaigh (Descendent of/Of Raghallach) which was later adapted in English as O'Reilly which itself has been anglicized into "Reilly". The surname "Riley" is an over time translated version of Reilly. It currently is #8 in England and Wales, #9 in Northern Ireland, #15 in Scotland, #30 in Australia and New Zealand, #64 in Canada, #156 in the United States, and #198 in the Netherlands.

People with first name "Riley"[edit]

Fictional characters[edit]

  • Riley Adams, character in the television series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation
  • Riley Biers, a character in the Twilight books
  • Riley Daring, character in the Disney show The Replacements
  • Riley Dawson, character in the television series Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles
  • Riley Finn, character in the television series Buffy the Vampire Slayer
  • Riley Freeman, African-American Boondocks character
  • Riley Matthews, a character in the Disney show Girl Meets World
  • Riley Parker, Australian character on the Australian soap opera Neighbours
  • Riley Poole, character in the National Treasure franchise
  • Riley Stavros, a character in Degrassi: The Next Generation
  • Riley, a stray dog character and leader of a gang in the 1996 sequel Homeward Bound II: Lost in San Francisco.
  • Riley Andersen, a character in the Pixar feature film Inside Out
  • Riley Perrin, a character in the Freeform (formerly ABC Family) show Baby Daddy
  • Rilie R Morgan, Majority leader of the North Dakota Senate
  • Riley Blue, a character in Sense8
  • Riley Hicks, a character from Fast & Furious 6
  • Riley, a K9 German Shephard from Call of Duty: Ghosts
  • Princess Riley Valdor, a character in a real-time adventure game Timecrest


  1. ^ Rosenkrantz, Linda, and Satran, Pamela Redmond (2007). Baby Name Bible. St. Martin's Griffin. ISBN 978-0-312-35220-2