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Riley Meaning and Origin

The name Riley is a boy’s name meaning “rye clearing” and is of Irish origin. It is derived from an Old English surname meaning “rye clearing” or “rye meadow,” and was originally used as a surname before becoming a given name in the 19th century. The name Riley gained popularity in the United States in the early 2000s, and has remained a common choice for both boys and girls. In recent years, it has consistently ranked in the top 50 names for both genders in the US. Famous people with the name Riley include American football player Riley Ridley, actress Riley Keough, and musician Riley Green. 

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