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ˈraɪ liri·ley

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. Riley, James Whitcomb Rileynoun

    United States poet (1849-1916)


  1. Rileynoun

    of origin, variant of Reilly.

  2. Rileynoun

    from Ryley in Lancashire, from ryge +leah.

  3. Rileynoun

    A manufacurer of British motorcars (1907-1969) named after William Riley Jr.

  4. Rileynoun

    used since the 1990s.

  5. Rileynoun

    A surname of Irish origin, variant of Reilly.

  6. Rileynoun

    An English habitational surname from Ryley in Lancashire, from Old English ryge +leah.

  7. Rileynoun

    A manufacturer of British motorcars named after William Riley Jr.

  8. Rileynoun

    A male given name transferred from the surname, of 19th century and later usage.

  9. Rileynoun

    A female given name from surname, of 1990s and later usage.


  1. riley

    Riley is predominantly a unisex first name that originated from old English, meaning "rye clearing" or "rye field". It can also be used as a surname. In Irish, Riley means "valiant" or "courageous".

Surnames Frequency by Census Records

  1. RILEY

    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Riley is ranked #217 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Riley surname appeared 133,872 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 45 would have the surname Riley.

    72.7% or 97,445 total occurrences were White.
    21.2% or 28,475 total occurrences were Black.
    2.4% or 3,320 total occurrences were of Hispanic origin.
    2% or 2,785 total occurrences were of two or more races.
    0.8% or 1,165 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    0.5% or 683 total occurrences were Asian.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of Riley in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of Riley in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

Examples of Riley in a Sentence

  1. Kevin Westmoreland:

    Maybe it was God that moved the levers, that put Riley in that classroom on that day, at the exact time for the purpose of saving others, it was not out of character for him.

  2. Christina Pacala:

    Riley is a smart, happy, and very energetic child, she loves playing with blocks and baby dolls, listening to music, and signing bedtime stories with her father each night.We're excited to be able to share our journey, and hope to help people understand that deaf kids can do absolutely anything.

  3. David W. Donoho:

    Everybody’s great. Holly is tired, but she’s fine. Riley came right out and as soon as he heard Holly’s voice, he smiled. He has hair like Elvis — a full head of black hair. The doctor said he came out looking like a 2-year-old.

  4. Riley Bongiorno:

    ( I) tried putting pressure on it and everything and trying to make it stop it and I could just see in Riley Bongiorno eyes that Riley Bongiorno wasn't coming back.

  5. Morgan Howell Moylan:

    For Riley Howell side hustle, Riley Howell worked for a landscaping company. Riley Howell'd always deliver the biggest trees because Riley Howell was able to pick them up. The old ladies loved Riley Howell.

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