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The RILEY surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 127,960 210 0.047 474
United States (1880 census) 43,086 103 0.086 862
Change since 1880 +84874 -107 -0.039 -388
Other Countries
Australia 6,536 199 0.040 400
United Kingdom 28,340 176 0.062 617

'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Classification and Origin of RILEY

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: England

Language of origin: English

Ethnic origin: English

Religious origin: Christian

Name derivation: Location or Geographical Feature

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the RILEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the RILEY surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of RILEY in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 499 0.39
White (Caucasian) 96,072 75.08
Black/African American 26,257 20.52
White (Hispanic) 2,150 1.68
Mixed Race 1,932 1.51
Native American/Alaskan 1,036 0.81

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the RILEY surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of RILEY in historical publications

RILEY. Probably derived from a place in Brittany, formerly called Rilley or Relay, the seat of an Abbey of Augustiniaus, in the diocese of Reunes. In the IJarish-registers of Newchurch, in Rossendale, CO. Lancaster, tlie name of the Rileys was almost uniformly spelt Rilaj', down to the middle of the XVI II. century. Inf. H. T. Riley, Esq.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to RILEY

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RILEY.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for RILEY

The following words are slight variants of RILEY that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.