Is the name Riley for a boy or girl?

posted 5 months ago in Names
  • poll: Do you like the name Riley for a boy?
    Yes, perfectly fine to name a boy Riley : (102 votes)
    78 %
    No, I think of it as a girls name! : (28 votes)
    22 %
  • Post # 2
    9207 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: August 2012

    I only know a boy with the name, but I would consider it unisex.

    Post # 3
    1441 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2019 - City, State

    I’ve known both men and women named Riley. I think it’s one of those names that work for either sex.

    Post # 4
    2359 posts
    Buzzing bee

    I like it better for a boy than a girl. I’ve only known a dog with the name (a boy dog). 

    Post # 5
    519 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2018 - UK

    A friend of mine has a son called Reilly, so just a different spelling of that same name. I’ve actually never heard it as a female name, but it sounds fairly unisex to me.

    Post # 6
    118 posts
    Blushing bee
    • Wedding: February 2020 - Breckenridge, CO

    It’s definitely unisex!

    Post # 7
    577 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: October 2017

    I think it could be for boy or girl! 

    Post # 8
    988 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2016

    Either! ETA: And I really like it for a boy.

    Post # 9
    303 posts
    Helper bee

    The only Riley I know is a male. Go for it!

    Post # 10
    4102 posts
    Honey bee


    The only Riley I can think of off hand is the girl lead in Girl Meets World.  Otherwise, I know three people with dogs named Riley.

    Post # 11
    384 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: May 2019

    I know Riley has become more popular for girls recently, but while I think it’s cute as a girl’s name, I prefer it for a boy. It’s actually on my list of names to consider for a future son!

    Post # 12
    2793 posts
    Sugar bee

    I like Reilly better for a boy 

    Post # 13
    680 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: February 2020

    I think of it first as a boy name, probably because the first Riley I knew was a boy. It’s definitely unisex and I wouldn’t bat an eye at a boy or girl named Riley.

    Post # 14
    5966 posts
    Bee Keeper

    I only know boys with the name, but would consider it unisex. Def not weird for a boy to be named riley. 

    Post # 15
    9055 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper

    I know mainly girls and dogs with the name, but I know one guy with it (although he’s in his late 30s). That said, I wouldn’t think anything of it if I met a little boy named Riley.

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