Riley Name Meaning

Irish: variant spelling of Reilly. English: habitational name from Ryley in Lancashire, so named from Old English ryge ‘rye’ + leah ‘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.

List of People with Surname Riley

Based on our public records, there are a total of 30,367 people with the surname Riley. Among these people surnamed Riley, there are approximately 3,013 distinct names, with an average of 10 people who share the same name. Mary Riley, Betty Riley and Stephen Riley are the top three most widely-used names from the list of people surnamed Riley, with 923, 492 and 316 people respectively.

In addition, Our data shows that California has the most people surnamed Riley, with a total of 2,406 people, and there are a total of 1,085 distinct names among these people. Texas is the second-most populous state for people with the surname Riley, with a total of 2,530 people and an average of 1,083 distinct names.