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Riley

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Origin: Irish Gaelic
Meaning: Valiant

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Riley

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Riley in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Riley:

  • Records indicate that 82,212 boys in the United States have been named Riley since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 2006, when 4,330 people in the U.S. were given the name Riley. Those people are now 8 years old.

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    Comments about the name Riley

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      84 Positive Comments

  • "My names Riley and I'm a guy, my parents didn't have a name for me so they named me after a saw mill my dad drove by on the way to the hospital, Riley Creek Saw Mill. Since I'm 25 now, I like that it was popular till now. I could care less if it's a boy/girl/animal name." Jun. 21, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had my son in Jan. 2001 and we named him Riley Coker, which was to honor my husband's Irish heritage and his father who had passed away (Coker is my son's middle name). At the time we didn't know anyone with the name Riley but I had always heard it used for boys. I liked how it was unlike the same thing everyone else used but wasn't too odd. People naming their girls this irks me to no end. Riley is a boy's name and should stay that way." Sep. 26, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I had a son in 2/2008 and we named him Riley Reid. I hate how it is becoming popular. This is defentally a great boys name but not for a girl. It upsets me when people ask me his name and then call him Wylie or raleigh." May. 23, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born in 2003 and I loved the name Riley and the fact the name was unique. His name is Riley Andrew. I hate that it is becoming so popular and a girls name. My 1st son born in 1999 is named Davis Alexander -- this name is also becoming quite popular. Just had a baby boy in 2011 and named him Brody Aston - hope this name doesn't become super popular!!" Dec. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 21 yr old son's name is Riley Jo. LOL people teased me for years saying the spelling Jo was the feminine spelling for JOE, but I liked just Jo. Now girls are being named Riley. I don't care though cause I still love the name Riley for a boy!" Sep. 7, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "It was great to read all the different perspectives about "Riley." My favorite was the one that noted "if it weren't for all the boys named "Riley," it would have never been a name given to girls"...It was first a name given to boys, and has now taken on this unisex position...I personally do like it either way, but 18 years ago, I opted to name my BOY...Riley Joseph...and it goes great with his 20 yr old sisters name...Regan Kate....that poor child has had more grief with her name, because most people want to call her reagan...if it were reagan it would have had an "a" in it, but it is regan....said like "reegan"....I have received countless compliments, and it is hard for me to believe that the majority of them are lying, but all these years later...I have no regrets either...I am just glad that I didn't get caught up in the Ashley and Dylan frenzy!! :)" Jun. 27, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is a boy's name first, a boyish girl's name second." Jun. 1, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "As soon as my husband and I found out it was a boy, we picked out the name Riley. We wanted something that started with R. We wanted him to have my husband's same intitals. We love that name. A friend of mine kept telling me that was a girls name. But I didn't think so. I went with what my heart told me, and I have no regrets. I have a beautiful 2 year boy that is just lerning how to say his name. And i love it when people ask him "What is your name?" and he repiles RILEY. LOVE IT! LOVE IT! LOVE IT! Riley is a boys name all the way!!!" May. 5, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is 14 and his name is Riley Vance. My husband and him share a middle name. I LOVE the name Riley for a BOY!! I'm so tired of girls being named traditional boys names and agree that it's a TREND!! I'm more of a classic girl. My other sons are Christian Cody and Chase Cameron and my daughter is Emma Elisabeth." Apr. 13, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am naming my baby boy Riley, but i keep getting told it is a girls name. I love the name and i think it sounds more fit for a boy than a girl!" Jan. 18, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "can you spell it Rileigh for a boy or is that too girly cause i think it's adorable!" Jan. 14, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "Hi, my name is Riley. I'm a girl. My mom's post is a little ways down and was posted on Feb 25, 2009. I am Riley Veronica. I think this name can be used for both male and female. I love my name because it shows my heritage. I actually stumbled across this while looking for the meaning of my name on google. This was the only result for my search...And it just happened to be my mom's post that answered it! PS. don't hate on the female rileys... because we are awesome :)" Aug. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "Beaut name :) I've never met anyone called Riley, but I still love it! I'm gonna call my little boy Riley, if I have one. It's OK as a girls name, but I prefer it as a boys. xx" Aug. 21, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Riley. My partner &I our naming our first child Riley if it's a boy! I think it sounds okay as a girl name But If I have a girl I would not name her that & it bothers me that so many people are naming their little girl's Riley because it is so hard to find a good boy name these days & so much easier to come up with a cute girl name But if I have a girl I'm naming her Kelsie!" Apr. 30, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1987 in the US and was the first female Riley at my school, but there were at least 3 other girls named Rileys all younger than me in high school. Anyways, I recommend the name for girls. I love the name and have never had a problem being a female Riley." Feb. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Riley 26 years ago, and I still love the name. I feel it is a boy's name and don't feel it is female at all." Nov. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I actually like unisex names but I really dislike Riley for a girl and love it for a boy. My son's name is Riley Christopher. He is the sweetest little angel and I couldn't imagine any other name for him. He is four years old and seems to love his name since he says to everyone "My name is Riley, what's yours?"" Oct. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Fab name, im naming my boy tomorrow when he born Riley levi !! xx" Aug. 23, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm not expecting or anything yet. But I definitely plan on naming our first son Rylee Dustin. My husbands initials are RDM, and so are his fathers, so we wanted our son to have the same initials. I think its a wonderful name for a boy. (:" Aug. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Riley. I rather Riley Grace though. Im 12 years old. Im happy with my name. I smile alot too. So my name suits me." Jul. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "we have just had a son and we called him Riley Edward which i think is a really nice and unusual name plus there is not alot of rileys where we live which is good." Jun. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Riley because of our Irish heritage and becaue we loved the name. Unfortunately where I live it is becoming very popular as a girl's name. I am just hoping he is not in a class with a bunch of girls named Riley :)!" Jun. 10, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son Riley James was born in 2003, we chose the name because it was so unique, i didnt know any Riley's, it is definatly becoming more popular though as i now know of 7 younger ones! also with different spellings" May. 28, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We're naming our first baby (a boy) Riley Andrew - both are family names on my husband's side after a great uncle and another relative. I love the combo and I definitely think Riley is a BOY'S name!" May. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Riley and i'm 41 years old and i really like my name. When i was a kid i felt very different from my classmates since my name is very uncommon where i live. Later i realized that being uncommon was one of the beauty of my name." May. 12, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Riley David. Everyone absolutely loves it! We know two other boys named Reilly and Riley, but not any girls." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "HI i am calling my new son ryley when he is due in aug 09 cant wait to meet him xx" May. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My second son is due at the end of this summer and his name will be Riley Jude." Apr. 27, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "im due 2 have my 1st child 28th april 2009 and i am going 2 call him Riley, definatly a boys name... Riley Benjamin will be his name...x" Apr. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley, is my sons name when I saw him for the first time I new it was right. I looked straight in to babys closed eyes and said I will name you riley I saw him smile and my heart melted. 9 years later and I know that Riley was the best decision. My son loves his name and it was so cute my son got a cat and he named it Riley jr. So anybody having trouble picking out a name for your baby when you see your baby for the first time you will now what name will suit him or her the best. Good luck!" Mar. 11, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's such a lovely name. Glad it's not common in the u.k." Mar. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is 14 yrs old - Riley Veronica. Riley means "valiant" or brave, and Veronica means "beauty". And, that's definitely what she is! I am half Irish and my husband is French - so we have our own Scarlett O'Hara! My other kids are Delaney Nicole, Braeden Christopher, and Reagan Elizabeth. We wanted to keep the Irish heritage alive by using all Irish surnames. None of them are a boy's or a girl's first name by origin at all, but rather all of them are Irish last names. However, we made sure to give them very gender-specific middle names so there would be no confusion as to whether they were girls or boys. We get complimented all the time on their "unique" names!" Feb. 25, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im Not sure what I am having but Ill find out in 3weeks but I loved the name Riley ever sence I as a lil girl and I think its a awesome name for a girl or boy cuz you see all these boys named Riley but never any girls thats why I think its awesome cuz at least my kid will have a name that not every one has!" Feb. 20, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I absolutely love the name Riley and so does my husband. Our son that is due may 2009, is going to be named riley. I think it definitely sounds like a boys name not a girls name at all." Feb. 18, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is due on 28th march 09 n hes gunna be called riley, somehow i dont like the thought of a girl being called it but then agen i dont like the thought of a boy being called mackenzie as that sounds girly an argument me n ma partner had b4 i chose riley!" Feb. 4, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born in December 2008 and I named him Riley James. I love the name." Jan. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name riley :) My mum is expecting her 2nd child in May 2009 I cannot wait ! Riley is a unisex name :) and it goes well with my name :) Jade and Riley .. xx And it is a Irish name and i am half irish :) Love the name !! xx" Jan. 22, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Before me & my hisband knew we were going to have a son, we loved the name Riley for a boy! I personally think the name is meant only for a boy, and for a girl it's really tomboy-ish! "Riley James X" !!!" Jan. 7, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love this name. Sounds like a boy's name to me! My son will be Riley Christopher." Jan. 2, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 9 year old son is named Riley. I obviously loved the name for a boy. I was very surprised when I saw the trend turning to girls. He likes his name and says he has no desire to change it. Go all you Rileys! A boy's name for sure!" Nov. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think Riley is a boys name too. ive just had a little boy and named him Riley and it suits him. i dont know any girls named riley and Riley for a boy is not very common in the uk for boys and is unheard of for a girl." Nov. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son is named Riley. I love the name. Not for girls though. It should have been kept for boys. I've run into parents that have named their daughters Riley and I think it's wrong for a girl. Makes me think of a boy whenever I hear it." Nov. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i live in england-rotherham- and this year called my baby boy Riley, i thought i thought of the name and fell in love with it straight away. since the birth of my son Riley i have now heard about 5 more Rileys! the name is lovely, sweet and special." Oct. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I just had a little girl and named her Riley. It is a family name (many genrations old) that has been used for both males and females but has always been spelled R-I-L-E-Y. Because it has been used by both males and females in my family, using it for my sweet girl didn't seem odd to me. Instead it always presented itself as a unisex name. Of course, my parents named their first-born son Shannon, which is usually considered a girl's name, so I guess I may be a little more open-minded than some of you who have posted such vehement comments about mismatched names and genders." Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name, i already have a 5 year old son Reece and am expecting my 2nd son in February 2009 who is going to be named Riley as this suits his brothers name...........Reece and Riley x" Sep. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "well people offten thing of me as a BOY and im a girl. yes it is splets diffently, but why is everyone saying things like you have a boys name, you should have a girls name? it upsets me that people are so upset people are so mean about my name. i love my name and will never change it." Sep. 15, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Having twin sons and the firstborn is riley sheridan. Little worried about the popularity of girls using the name, but can always use a nickname till he's an adult." Jul. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is a boy's name! Why would anypne want to name their daughter after a boy?" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is a boy's name! Why would anypne want to name their daughter after a boy?" Jul. 24, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Im a guy named Riley and personly i think its an awsum name." Jul. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Riley and he has a girl named Ryleigh in his class. I think his name is a repeat of "Taylor" in that it will be popular for both genders for a while." Jun. 14, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Naming my new baby boy Riley and are looking for some good names to go with it." May. 18, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have had this name for 72 years and I am proud of it. I have met only one other boy named Riley and that was in 1940 in school. It is a Boys name and is very old. I you must name a girl you should change the spelling." May. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sons name is Riley Philip. To me Riley sounds like a boys name. I never for a split second prior to the birth of my son thought it was a girls name. I dont really understand the girl name trend , i think things get twisted out of their origin. But to each their own." Apr. 2, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it when I called my little boy Riley in 2002 (uk) one of the women in the clinic changed her baby name from Lewis to Riley when she heard his name. It is really popular round here." Mar. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son was born 2/14/07 and his name is Riley!! he's the best baby ever!!" Mar. 4, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name for a girl or boy. I named my little girl this." Feb. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Riley and I think its an awesome name! =) I should, I picked it... lol" Jan. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Some people make fun of me.But its OK with me.Because I have supportive friends and family!" Dec. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Riley. I haven't meet any other guys yet named Riley, just some girls and a lot of dogs. However, I do appreciate it a lot more as a teenager (18)- it's a little different and that's cool with me." Dec. 15, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My little boy is called Rylie. I spelt it different but it suits him down to the ground." Dec. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Wow! Riley.... I have twins and the first born is Riley" Jul. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is a boys name. if you spell it like Ryley then it looks more like a girls name" Jul. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name. To me it is way more girl than boy!!!" Jun. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is a great name for boy and girl!!! Even if it's a unisex name its still a child that you should love and care for." May. 21, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Riley. We have 2 friends that have named their daughters Riley. We strongly believe it's a masculine name given it's orgins. In fact it wasn't until recently (1990's) that it's even been used as a unisex name. We didn't really want our son to have a unisex name, but that's part of having such a cool name! Go for it!" May. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love this name and really want to name my son this. I'm 7 months pregnant. The only thing I'm worried about is that it is a unisex name. I'm not sure if it's becoming more popular for girls?" Apr. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Rilee Elaine,she will be seventeen. When I named her, I thought her name was different. Several years later the name Riley was used every where. My co-worker has a dog named Riley." Mar. 9, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is definitely a girl name. There are some very famous Riley girl's that are going to make it more popular. It's been on the rise for girl's for a while and on the decline for boys. Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley's daughter, is a model and at 17 has already made a big name for herself. Riley Weston is an excellent female author writing both books and movie's along with acting. Riley is the Kelly and Ashley of the 2000's. I would not think a boy would want Riley as a name at all." Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the name of our son. Many times when he was little he was confused for a girl. It happens, we aren't too bothered by it. The thing I'm bothered by is people who think we named him Riley because it's 'trendy' when actually my husband had it picked out since he was like 12!" Sep. 20, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "A girl I know has the name Riley. She loves it but everybody names their dog Riley or their son.I think it sounds like a very pretty girl name." Sep. 15, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my SON this. He is named after my Grandfather. It frustrates me to hear that so many people only know it as a girls name! I spell it Rily to satify my need for individualism." Sep. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my now 1 year old son Riley. I loved the meaning and it fits him well." Aug. 30, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Riley and it sounds all girl to me. I just met a boy with the name and it sounds and looks wrong to me. Riley is the "Kelly" of this time period and boys are going to feel odd with a girl's name." Aug. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Riley. The name sounds all girl. I don't know why someone would name their son this. It's a popular girl's name, check the s.s.a. numbers on the web." Jul. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I didn't like the name Riley until recently when I met a girl at my work named that. She, unlike most others, is in love with her name, and no one ever miss-spells is or pronounces it wrong." Jul. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is my son's name, easy to say, & easy to spell! The only thing that I don't like about the name is that people are using it for a girls first name! This is not a girl name people!!! This has been a boy name from the very beginning, it originates from an irish/celtic surname, only been used on boys until recently! I hate trends!!!" Apr. 19, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have decided to name my child Riley. And everyone loves the name" Mar. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My five year old daughter is named Rylee. People do comment on the unique spelling of her name and love it as well. So far, we have not met another girl with the same name." Mar. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Riley. We love it but are dismayed at how popular it has become for both boys and girls. He belongs to a playgroup of about 30 children and 10% percent of them are named Riley/Rylie." Feb. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is 9 months and her name is Riley Paige..Most people I know think it is a boys name but it fits my baby girl just right." Jan. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 18 month daughter's name is Rylie. Everyone seems to love it. Only she has very little hair, so some people we meet mistake her for a boy :P (even when she's dressed in all pink!)" Jan. 8, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my daughter's name is Rylee and she is two and a half. People love the name and rarely mess up the pronunciation." Jun. 30, 2005: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is the only guy I know with that name. I have heard of it being a name for a girl, but never a guy until I recently met him. At first, I thought it was spelled "Rylie"." Jun. 29, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      2 Negative Comments

  • "i don't like riley has a boy name. i don't know any boys with this name,i know 4 girls with it. i think it's to fruity for a boy." Jun. 16, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm female and this is my name. It's used for both genders, even though I get a lot of comments on my supposedly-for-guys name. I personally hate the name and have one piece of advice. Don't name your daughter Riley." Feb. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      31 Neutral Comments

  • "Iím impressed, I have to admit. Truly rarley musti encounter a weblog thatís both educative and entertaining, and letme tell you, youíve got hit the nail for the head. Your notionis outstanding; that the catch is an element thatnot enough people are speaking intelligently about.I am very happy which i found this around my hunt for something in regards to this." Mar. 17, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm naming my son Ryley in May and I love the name. But I hate that people are using it for girls. There are so few names out there for boys that aren't the traditional Dave, Mike, James, ext. I dont see why girls have to steal all the cute names. There's a million girl names out there; why take the cute boy names when they already have so many girl names to choose from." Mar. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my son is now ten ears old and I have never regretted naming him"Riley" he loves it, I love it, an dso does his Mother!" Jan. 15, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm dating a boy named Riley. It's sexy to say. :) I love him so much. But his name is pretty amazing too. ;) I love you, Riley!!! His name is beautiful for a boy's name. It feels nice to say." Dec. 3, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "If it wasn't for the boy Rileys, the name would never have appeared as a "girls" name." Jul. 2, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "In 2000 I gave birth to a handsome boy. I named him Riley ! I was honestly shocked years later when I heard a little girl being called the same. Had I not named my boy that I think I would love it for a girl, but my son has given me grief for giving him a "girls name". I did name my girl Charleigh, so maybe I have it all backwards. Still love Riley for a boy !!" May. 8, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We have a son named Riley Jacob and My wife cries because she thinks its a girls name and is mad at me because we named him that. Thanks for all of the comments on here confirming most belive it is better suited as a boys name." Jan. 9, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My baby boy is 6months old, & is called Riley. I love the name, & everyone that asks what he is called loves it too." Jan. 4, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Riley Lachlan. We love the name because it can suit him at any age of his life. Kept with the irish theme as our other son is Finn." May. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is riley I'm 12 I like my name but sometimes I wish I had more of a girl name than boy.....but it's ok because god planned my name to be Riley and I love it" Mar. 26, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "having a girl soon and thinking of naming her Riley. It just sounds right for a girl. I don't think boys should have a first name ending in y. Kind of girly......" Jan. 13, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We just adopted our first child... a 5lb 13oz boy, and gave him the name Riley. It's a family name, which has always been given to boys across the generations." Nov. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is riley! and i spell it like riley ! and ive met 1 person with the same name and his name was ryley and mim a girl:)" Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is riley! and i spell it like riley ! and ive met 1 person with the same name and his name was ryley and mim a girl:)" Sep. 26, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is an extremely masculin name. This new trend of naming girls Riley, is just that: a trend." Sep. 9, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "People need to stop naming their daughters with names that were traditionally used for males.. You do not see me naming my son Elizabeth or Jane." May. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am 27 and I'm awesome and my name is Riley. Haven't ever met another one in my life. I am a guy and it is a great guy's name, actually seen a lot of little girls with the name lately. Seen a lot of guys on TV shows with the name. It is the name of the future. Plus girls always comment on how much they like the name. It's a great name." May. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is RYley and i am a girl and i love my name i think it is a good name because i have never meet somone other girl named ryley so i like it and it is spelt diffrent R Y L E Y" Apr. 23, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is reily as you can see it is spelt very different i have nevr met another person with the same spelling. let alone another girl named reily. i LOVE it, it sets me apart from all of the others!!!1" Dec. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Don't do this to a boy! It sounds and looks all girl. G-I-R-L and R-I-L-E-Y. It's the "Kelly" of the 2000's." Sep. 17, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it sound masculine, not feminine, and plan on naming my first born (if its a boy) Riley. Go Riley!" Jul. 2, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my first son Riley. I think it's one of those names that could fit a girl or boy. I have always liked those type of names. example: My first husband was Shannon, second husband Cory and my second son is Aaron. Cory and Aaron are spelled in a male friendly way but all three are names that could be for male or female. I love the name Riley for a boy. I think it sounds really masculine for him and he will like it when he is grown. anyways go.........Riley......love you son..." Jun. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Great Girl's name and used more often for girl's than boys. I don't like it for a boy. It sounds and looks girly." Jun. 11, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Riley and really don't know why the name is suddenly unisex. When my son was born in 2001, I did not see any female Riley's in ANY baby books. Still, as long as males get names like Carol, Shannon, and Marian, I guess this trend will continue for females (even though this is a traditional male name). Go Ry'man!!" May. 28, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "riley is my little brother's name and i love it. i think it is very unique and not that common. im pretty sure he wont have to deal with having another friend named riley! it is a girls name too and its cute for either gender i think!" May. 10, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley is definitely a girl name. There are some very famous Riley girl's that are going to make it more popular. It's been on the rise for girl's for a while and on the decline for boys. Riley Keough, Lisa Marie Presley's daughter, is a model and at 17 has already made a big name for herself. Riley Weston is an excellent female author writing both books and movie's along with acting. Riley is the Kelly and Ashley of the 2000's. I would not think a boy would want Riley as a name at all." Feb. 18, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Riley. Lots of people think its a girl's name, and it is, but its awesome nonetheless. "Riley" means "valiant", or "war-like". Tell that one to your daughter....." Sep. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Riley sounds all girl. I don't know why someone would name their son this. It's a popular girl's name, check the s.s.a. numbers. I named my da is one and named Riley!" Jul. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name Riley, because it is so rare. No one gets my name wrong, and I have only ever been the only Riley in my school, and that way no one forgets it. Alot of people always ask me, "are you living the life?" aka The Life of Riley (meaning a carefree life). I think its funny. I also get general comments about it. Like when I started at my new school everyone was like "wow, that it such a cool name, I'll never forget it." I think that it is one of the best names in the world." May. 7, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "never heard it before i named my son Riley you say it like rylee now i hear the name every where and drives me crazy also everyone uses ry for short uggg" Mar. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Riley and i am FEMALE where are the females in that graph" Mar. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate



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