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177k
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since 1880

Riley

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47k Rylee (Irish)
16k Rylie (Irish)
9k Reilly (Irish)

How popular is the baby name Riley in the U.S.?

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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

Want to know about the popularity of the Riley baby name? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 176,932 babies born with the name Riley in the United States. That's more than enough Rileys to occupy the country of Sao Tome and Principe with an estimated population of 172,000 (as of July 1, 2012). The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given to 41 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Riley" was in 2008 with a total of 5,763 babies. (That's a lot of baby Rileys)

According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Riley" ranks #95 in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 15 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 2015. Across the entire United States a total of 7,776 babies also bear the same first name during the same year. OMG! It's tough being a popular person isn't it?

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Where is the name Riley popular?

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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.

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)

Riley Hawk

Riley Hawk is a sportsperson. Riley was born in 1992 in Carlsbad, California, United States.

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B.B. King

B.B. King is a singer, songwriter, musician, and record producer specializing in blues, R&B, and blues rock music with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1948 to 2015. B.B. was born in 1925 as Riley B. King in Berclair, Mississippi, U.S.

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Riley Smith

Riley Smith is an actormusician with the most prominent portion of his career being from 1998 to present. Riley was born in 1978 as Riley Bryant Smith in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, USA.

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Riley Weston

Riley Weston is a country music singer, actress, and screenwriter with the most prominent portion of her career being from 1987 to present. Riley was born in 1966 in Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.

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Other Inspirations for the Name Riley

Riley Cooper
Riley Curry
Riley Martin
Riley Keough
Riley V California

Alternative Meanings

R is for realist, the way you are.

I is for inspire, others seek your guidance.

L is for luster, your shine.

E is for enchant, for enchant you will.

Y is for youthful, your eternal look.

Your name in reverse order is "Yelir". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Rylei". How do you pronounce that?

Now try the names of everyone you know including friends, cousins, neighbors, classmates, co-workers or your pets. Even your favorite anime, TV or movie characters! See what their names mean. Remember, this is purely just for fun.

Past life for Riley born Nov 20, 2007

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I do not know how you feel about it, but you were a female in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere around the territory of Western Africa approximately on 925. Your profession was writer, dramatist, and organizer of rituals.

As a ruthless character, you carefully weighed your decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Generally liked, but not always loved. Your lesson - to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.

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