Meaning and Origin of Riley - FamilyEducation

Meaning and Origin of: Riley

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Girl name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : Rye
  • Gaelic : Valiant

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Boy name origins & meanings:

  • Gaelic : Valiant

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Family name origins & meanings:

  • Irish : variant spelling of Reilly.
  • English : habitational name from Ryley in Lancashire, so named from Old English ryge ‘rye’ + lēah ‘wood’, ‘clearing’. There is a Riley with the same meaning in Devon, but it does not seem to have contributed to the surname, which is more common in northern England.

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