Etymology & Historical Origin of the Baby Name Rylee

Rylee is an Americanized respelling of Riley, both of which are considered unisex names. Riley comes from an old Irish given name, Raghallaigh (pronounced rah + hal + ee) which is derived from the Gaelic word “raghalach” meaning “courageous, valiant”. Riley is still a very common surname in all English speaking countries, but particularly in Ireland where it’s generally spelled “O’Reilly.” As a given name, Riley is not only considered a transferred use of a surname from Ireland, but it is also an English surname derived from a place name. In this case, the name comes from the Olde English words “ryge” (rye) and “leah” (wood, clearing). Ironically, Riley is not popular as a personal or given name in Ireland. However, it gets heavy usage in Scotland, England and Canada (as a boy’s name), but it’s the Australians and New Zealanders who are the biggest fans of Riley. Interestingly, the United States is the only country to favor the name Riley for girls over boys. The Rylee spelling gets respectable usage in the United States and Canada for girls (although it is used occasionally on American boys, as well).

All About the Baby Name – Rylee

Personality

OF THE BOY NAME RYLEE

The number 11 is a Master Number, and embodies heightened traits of the Two. This personality is on a life journey to find spiritual truth. They are extremely idealistic and intuitive. Elevens have a rare and exceptional spiritual energy that brings a sense of obligation to illuminate the world around them. It's a very powerful responsibility, but these people have far more potential than they know. It's important that they surrender to higher ideals. They have the capacity to see the bigger picture, and they possess the skills to inspire others spiritually. Elevens have strong diplomatic skills and can become great peacemakers. Master numbers can be both a blessing and a curse, as they walk the fine line between greatness and the potential for self-destruction.

Popularity

OF THE BOY NAME RYLEE

Rylee first appeared on the American male naming charts in 2001 (for girls, the name showed up in 1994). It’s nowhere near as popular for baby boys as it is for girls, but Rylee is still hanging onto the masculine Top 1000 list. In most other English speaking countries, Riley is a popular boy’s name, but here in the United States, parents have overly feminized it by using it on their daughters with a great amount of frequency. Therefore it comes as no surprise that parents of baby boys are losing interest in this “courageous” little name. Not to mention the “-ee” suffix gives it that added dose of “cuteness” that’s less appealing on boys.

Quick Facts

ON RYLEE

GENDER:

Boy

ORIGIN:

American

NUMBER OF SYLLABLES:

2

RANKING POPULARITY:

946

PRONUNCIATION:

RYE-lee

SIMPLE MEANING:

Valiant, courageous

Characteristics

OF RYLEE

Inspirational

Highly Intuitive

Spiritual Teacher

Extremely Bright

Uplifting

Truth-seeker

Cultural References to the Baby Name – Rylee

Literary Characters

OF THE BABY NAME RYLEE

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ON RYLEE

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Famous People

NAMED RYLEE

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Children of Famous People

NAMED RYLEE

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Historic Figures

WITH THE NAME RYLEE

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