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Origin: Netherlands
Region Origin: Western Europe

Riley is a gender-neutral name of British and Irish origin, meaning "rye clearing" or "courageous" and "valiant". The name has its roots in Old English, where it is derived from the terms "ryge" (rye) and "leah" (woodland clearing). In the Irish tradition, Riley comes from the surname Reilly, which is derived from the Gaelic word "raghalach". The name gained its meaning of "valiant" when it first appeared as Raghallach in the Battle of Clontarf. The name Riley has gained popularity in recent years due to its gender-neutrality and association with overcome life's challenges. It has been used in popular culture, such as the Twilight series, which has contributed to its popularity.

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