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Riley

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 41 0 41
1881 47 0 47
1882 54 0 54
1883 45 0 45
1884 47 0 47
1885 58 0 58
1886 39 0 39
1887 46 0 46
1888 37 0 37
1889 44 0 44
1890 39 0 39
1891 28 0 28
1892 39 0 39
1893 36 0 36
1894 38 0 38
1895 49 0 49
1896 39 0 39
1897 44 0 44
1898 39 0 39
1899 35 0 35
1900 53 0 53
1901 30 0 30
1902 37 0 37
1903 29 0 29
1904 32 0 32
1905 34 0 34
1906 37 0 37
1907 40 0 40
1908 42 0 42
1909 49 0 49
1910 63 0 63
1911 47 0 47
1912 87 0 87
1913 97 0 97
1914 101 0 101
1915 142 0 142
1916 166 0 166
1917 139 0 139
1918 174 0 174
1919 194 0 194
1920 166 0 166
1921 160 0 160
1922 163 0 163
1923 179 5 174
1924 168 0 168
1925 165 0 165
1926 179 0 179
1927 161 0 161
1928 168 0 168
1929 168 6 162
1930 168 5 163
1931 137 0 137
1932 131 0 131
1933 154 0 154
1934 155 0 155
1935 156 0 156
1936 156 0 156
1937 145 6 139
1938 140 0 140
1939 140 0 140
1940 150 0 150
1941 179 5 174
1942 162 5 157
1943 176 5 171
1944 171 0 171
1945 139 0 139
1946 166 0 166
1947 192 6 186
1948 180 0 180
1949 169 0 169
1950 152 0 152
1951 152 5 147
1952 170 7 163
1953 163 0 163
1954 166 0 166
1955 131 0 131
1956 133 0 133
1957 147 6 141
1958 116 0 116
1959 112 0 112
1960 108 0 108
1961 102 0 102
1962 112 0 112
1963 99 0 99
1964 106 0 106
1965 79 6 73
1966 93 0 93
1967 73 0 73
1968 99 5 94
1969 79 0 79
1970 78 0 78
1971 96 0 96
1972 85 0 85
1973 98 8 90
1974 93 8 85
1975 117 10 107
1976 113 7 106
1977 129 11 118
1978 180 13 167
1979 177 15 162
1980 181 17 164
1981 205 24 181
1982 233 34 199
1983 263 37 226
1984 274 22 252
1985 396 63 333
1986 501 98 403
1987 565 89 476
1988 649 121 528
1989 845 168 677
1990 1,051 238 813
1991 1,149 285 864
1992 1,492 425 1,067
1993 1,928 552 1,376
1994 2,342 755 1,587
1995 2,887 969 1,918
1996 3,541 1,148 2,393
1997 4,502 1,669 2,833
1998 4,890 1,877 3,013
1999 5,282 2,312 2,970
2000 5,972 2,552 3,420
2001 6,694 3,044 3,650
2002 7,863 3,905 3,958 #99 boy name
#77 girl name
2003 8,318 4,242 4,076 #72 girl name
2004 9,090 4,981 4,109 #58 girl name
2005 9,234 5,124 4,110 #53 girl name
2006 9,443 5,052 4,391 #56 girl name
2007 9,176 5,207 3,969 #52 girl name
2008 9,888 5,763 4,125 #39 girl name
2009 9,414 5,631 3,783 #38 girl name
2010 9,175 5,535 3,640 #40 girl name
2011 8,484 5,030 3,454 #47 girl name
2012 7,696 4,820 2,876 #47 girl name
2013 7,474 4,925 2,549 #45 girl name
2014 7,221 4,782 2,439 #47 girl name
2015 7,776 5,707 2,069 #35 girl name

Fun Facts about the name Riley

  • How many people with the first name Riley have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 176,932 babies born with the first name Riley in the United States. That's more than enough people named Riley to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Riley? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 41 new born babies.
  • When was Riley first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Riley is Saturday, March 23rd, 1867.
  • What year had the most people named Riley born? The highest recorded use of the first name Riley was in 2008 with a total of 5,763 babies. That's a lot of babies named Riley!
  • Random Riley Factoid: According to the 2003 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Riley ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Utah. Imagine that, 80 babies in Utah have the same name as you in 2003.
  • Weird things about the name Riley: Your name in reverse order is Yelir. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Relyi. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Riley? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 133,872 people with the last name Riley.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Riley? Riley was ranked as the 217th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!

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Popularity of Riley as a first name

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Popularity of Riley as a last name

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Common last names for Riley

  • Smith
  • Jones
  • Williams
  • Johnson
  • Davis
  • Brown
  • Wilson
  • Harris
  • Taylor
  • Jackson
  • Thompson
  • Miller
  • Clark
  • Martin
  • Carter
  • Adams
  • Thomas

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Riley U.S.
  White 72.79% 64.26%
  African American 21.27% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.51% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.87% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.08% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.48% 16.26%

Of Last Name Riley

People with the last name Riley are most frequently White or African American

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Riley" mean? The list below shows the origins of Riley as well as things modernly associated with the name Riley such as celebrities named Riley.

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Riley

The name "Riley" is of Irish origin, and it means "Descendant of Roghallach". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. United States poet (1849-1916)
  1. A surname​ of Irish origin, variant of Reilly.
  2. An English habitational surname​ from Ryley in Lancashire, from Old English ryge (“rye”) +leah (“clearing, meadow”).
  3. A manufacurer of British motorcars (1907-1969) named after William Riley Jr.
  4. A male given name, transferred use of the surnames since the nineteenth century.
  5. A female given name used since the 1990s.

Notable Persons With the Name Riley

Riley Keough

Riley Keough is a model and actress. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Riley was given the name Danielle Riley Keough by her parent Lisa Marie Presley on May 29th, 1989 in Santa Monica, California, U.S.

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Riley Reid

Riley Reid is a notable individual. Riley was born on July 9th, 1991 in Miami Beach, Florida.

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B.B. King

B.B. King was a blues, rhythm, and blues rock musician. He plays Gibson ES-335. He was most prominent from 1948 to 2015. B.B. was given the name Riley B. King on September 16th, 1925 in Berclair, Mississippi, U.S. He died on May 14th, 2015.

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Riley Steele

Riley Steele is a leading human. Riley was born on August 26th, 1987 in San Diego.

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Riley Smith

Riley Smith is an actor and musician. His most notable accomplishments were from 1998 to present. Riley was given the name Riley Bryant Smith on April 12th, 1978 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.

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Riley Voelkel

Riley Voelkel is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 2010. Riley was born on April 26th, 1990 in Elk Grove, California, U.S.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Riley

Talulah Riley

Talulah Riley is an actress. She was most prominent from 2003 to present. Talulah was given the name Talulah Jane Riley-Milburn on September 26th, 1985 in Hertfordshire, England, UK.

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Charlotte Riley

Charlotte Riley is an actress. Her most notable accomplishments were from 2007 to present. Charlotte was born on December 29th, 1981 in Grindon, County Durham.

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Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley is a television presenter. Rachel was given the name Rachel Annabelle Riley on January 11th, 1986 in Rochford, Essex, England, United Kingdom.

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Sam Riley

Sam Riley is an actor and singer. He has had major accomplishments since 2007. Sam was born on January 8th, 1980 in Menston.

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Pat Riley

Pat Riley is a basketball player for the Miami Heat, Houston Rockets, Los Angeles Lakers, and Phoenix Suns in the National Basketball Association. He was most prominent from 1967 to 1976. Pat was born on March 20th, 1945 in Rome, New York.

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Tom Riley

Tom Riley is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 2006 to present. Tom was born on April 5th, 1981 in Maidstone.

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  • Amber Riley
    (famed human)
  • Alex Riley
    (famous individual)
  • Terry Riley
    (musical artist)
  • Jeannie C. Riley
    (singing)
  • James Whitcomb Riley
    (writer)
  • Richard Riley
    (6th United States Secretary of Education)
  • Marc Riley
    (radio host)
  • Bob Riley
    (office holder)
  • Gina Riley
    (actress)
  • Tarrus Riley
    (musician)
  • Boots Riley
    (poet)
  • Michael Riley
    (actor)
  • Gary Riley
    (actor)
  • Steve Riley
    (musician)

What does the name Riley mean?

Ris for romantic, hopelessly so

Iis for intriguing, arousing the curiosity of others

Lis for luster, your shine.

Eis for elate, you make others happy.

Yis for youthful, your eternal look.

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