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What does Regan mean?

Regan Pronunciation of Regan [re-gan] as a girls' name (also used less widely as boys' name Regan) is pronounced REE-gan, RAY-gun. It is of Gaelic origin. First used as a girl's name in the English-speaking world by Shakespeare as the name for one of the two disloyal princesses in his 1606 tragedy "King Lear". Also possibly surname used as a girl's name.

Associated with: gaelic, princesses, king (queen), surname.


Regan has 5 variants: Raegan, Ragan, Reagan, Reghan and Rhegan.

Affiliated girl name: Regina.

Creative forms:
(female) Rean, Vengan, ..

(male) Regand, Reman, ..

Middle name pairings:
Regan Lillyana (R.L.), ..

How popular is Regan?

Regan is a very prominent first name for females (#2091 out of 4276, Top 49%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#1525 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Regan entered the list in 1960-1969 and reached its peak position of #390 in the U.S. in the year 2001, and is currently at #1019. (Top Baby Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Regan name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Regan outside U.S.

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Raegan (#271 in 2015), Ragan, Reagan (#99) and Regina (#520) are the prominent related forms of Regan (#1019 in 2015). Usage of these forms of Regan was at its most widespread in 2015 (average #781), except for forms such as Regan which have become less trendy. Regina is the all-time favorite, although Raegan appears to be gaining favor too.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Regan, Raegan, Ragan, Reagan, Regina in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Regan and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Aeran, Devan, Jean, Lean, Logan, Maegan, Meagan, Meegan, Megan, Meggan, Meghan, Pagan, Rea, Read, Reba, Reda, Regena, Reggi, Regine, Rena, Renae, Renay, Reta, Reva, Rexana, Reya, Reza, Rhyan, Rian, Rowan, Ryan and Sean. These names tend to be less commonly used than Regan.

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