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.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ridley, Ripley, Risley, Iley, Wiley, Ryley, Brimley, Rilea, Reiley

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Riley Family Origin

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Riley Family Occupations

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  • Coal Miner

    4%
  • Labourer

    4%
  • Cotton Weaver

    3%
  • Farmer

    3%

In 1881, a less common occupation for the Riley family was Farmer. The most common Riley occupation in the UK was Coal Miner. 4% of Riley's were Coal Miners. Coal Miner, Labourer and Cotton Weaver were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Riley.

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Riley Historical Records

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United States

Between 1940 and 2004, Riley life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1941, and highest in 1998. The average life expectancy for Riley in 1940 was 32, and 73 in 2004.

Source: Social Security Death Index (SSDI) for Riley

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