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Traits associated with the name Riley:

Dogs named Riley tend to be loving, and good-natured. This name is also associated with companionship, and intelligence.

What does it say about you to have a dog named Riley?

That you have a fondness for the name Riley and that you likely have a strong connection to the name. It could also suggest that you are a loyal and loving person, as dogs are often seen as symbols of loyalty and love.

Is Riley a good dog name?

Riley has two syllables, which is highly recommended by dog trainers. The name also ends in a vowel sound, so it's easy for dogs to recognize. Riley isn't one of the most common names, so your dog will certainly stand out. If you love the name, you should pick it!

Popularity: Overall

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Naming your dog Riley is certainly a thing, but it's one of the more niche choices out there according to our data.

Popularity: Historical Trend

Riley was, in the past month, the 91st most viewed dog name on

As of May 2024, Riley is becoming ever more niche with new puppy owners. Our stats suggest that the name is less fashionable than it was at this time last year.

In general, this name has held steady in popularity with visitors.

In the past week, Riley was viewed 0 times, and liked 6 times.

Popularity: United States

The map below shows Riley's popularity across the United States, according to PupNames data.

Riley is most adored in Louisiana, New York and Oregon.

By contrast, the name has been shown the least amount of interest in District of Columbia, Tennessee and Iowa.

Popularity: Around The World

And this world map shows which countries have the greatest love for the name Riley.

Most popular breeds named Riley:

  1. Labrador Retriever
  2. Golden Retriever
  3. German Shepherd
  4. Cocker Spaniel
  5. Australian Shepherd

Famous dogs named Riley:

  • comics icon A dog named Riley appeared in the comic book Biff & Riley by Jeff Payden.

Riley is found in these categories:

british dog names

Common surname and given name in England, derived from Old English.

irish dog names

Derived from Irish surname Ó Raghallaigh, meaning descendant of Raghallach.

Farm Dog Names

Originates from Old English, meaning "rye clearing"; a pastoral reference.

cute dog names

Irish origin, meaning "valiant", popularized by Pixar's "Inside Out".

Dog names like Riley:

English town name.
Gamekeeper; a rover or wanderer
Sigourney weaver's character.
Inspired by Rocky Balboa.
Always slow-moving.
Riley dog name meaning

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Adrianna (Pennsylvania, United States)
I think of Riley as a great name for a dog who is good natured and sweet.
January 27, 2024

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