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Pronunciation

raɪli

Origin

English

Meaning

Although it has a modern ring to it, Riley has actually been around for centuries. It means “gallant” and “heroic,” “chivalrous” and “adventurous.” Its Old English origin means “wood clearing,” while its Irish etymology is “valiant.” Riley sounds happy and melodic and could be a charming choice for your little son.

Rank in the year 2015

Riley was ranked #349 in the most popular American names of 2015.

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