Is the name Riley for a boy or girl?

posted 9 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 # 17
    242 posts
    Helper bee

    It’s unisex. Riley, boy. Ryley, girl. 

    Post # 18
    1034 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2019

    I have only ever met boys with the name Riley. I haven’t ever seen it used for a girl.

    Post # 20
    1587 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2017

    MsTrulove22 :  I never knew Riley was a name for a girl until one of my friends named her daugher Riley. I grew up with a boy named Riley, so I always thought it was a boys name. Nobody ever questioned him on having a girls name, as far as I know. He was actually the first boy I had a major crush on.. Haha!

    Post # 21
    1223 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: July 2019

    I have two cousins named Riley, one is a girl and one’s a boy lol.

    Post # 22
    1359 posts
    Bumble bee

    It can go either way – I know a guy named Riley and a girl named Riley. 

    Post # 23
    9846 posts
    Buzzing Beekeeper
    • Wedding: City, State

    Riley was the worst on Buffy so I say for girls on that principal alone. 

    Post # 24
    1581 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I know girls and boys named Riley. It’s a unisex name. 

    Post # 25
    6447 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: February 1997

    It might just be the part of the country I’m from. but I teach, and I’ve never had a boy named Riley – only girls. When asking my own children (ages 14, 16 and 18), they immediately identify it as a girls’ name.

    Post # 26
    2527 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: September 2018

    I actually think of it immedately as a dogs name, because I know mulitiple people with dogs named Riley.

    My son has a girl riley in his class, and an old coworker of mine has a daughter named riley, so i’d say it’s more of a girl name than boy. I prefer it for a girl. 

    Post # 27
    889 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2016

    I was going to answer ‘girls name’ but that’s just my opinion. According to baby center, Riley as a girl’s name is #39 as a boy’s name it’s #258. 

    Personally, I’m not a big fan of unisex names, but that’s up to you. Baby Center has some good suggestions of names that are like Riley: 

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    Post # 28
    768 posts
    Busy bee

    slomotion :  lol – wasn’t he such a sap..


    MsTrulove22 :  I’d say both, but I would prefer it for a girl and I think of it more as a girl’s name.

    Post # 29
    871 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: June 2017


    Post # 30
    1149 posts
    Bumble bee

    I too think of Reilly as the male spelling of a unisex name. I’ve seen more girls with Riley. 

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