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What does Rhiannon mean?

Rhiannon /rhi-an-non/ as a girls' name is pronounced ree-ANN-on. It is of Welsh origin, and the meaning of Rhiannon is "great queen, or goddess".

Mythology: the title Rigantona "great queen" is borne by a Celtic goddess of fertility. The Welsh horse goddess is described in legend as dressed in shining gold and riding a pale horse. The name was not used as a given name before the 20th century. In the 1970s: the Fleetwood Mac song "Rhiannon". See also Reanna and Riona.


Rhiannon has 14 variants: Rheanna, Rheanne, Rhiana, Rhiann, Rhianna, Rhiannan, Rhianon, Rhyan, Riana, Riane, Rianna, Rianne, Riannon and Rianon.

Affiliated girl name: Ryan.

Rhiannon has 1 more different relation via Reanna, Riona: Reannon.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Rhianan, Rhiannoni, ..

(male) Rhianno, Rhiannor, ..

How popular is Rhiannon?

Rhiannon is a very prominent first name for women (#1678 out of 4276, Top 39%) but an uncommon last name for both adults and children. (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Shown below is the birth name statistics of Rhiannon for girls. Rhiannon was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its peak rank of #423 in the U.S. in the year 1999, and is presently at #1631. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Rhiannon and corresponding names. Ryan (#510 via latest list), Rhyan (#1935), Rheanna, Rianna, Riana, Rhianna and Reanna are the popular variation forms of Rhiannon (#1631 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000. Adoption of these forms of Rhiannon was common among parents a decade ago (adoption of 0.08%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.04%, 52%), with versions like Rhiannon becoming somewhat outmoded. Ryan has been the most prevalent.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rhiannon, Reanna, Rheanna, Rhianna, Rhyan in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Riana, Rianna, Ryan in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rhiannon, Rhianna outside U.S.

Similar Names


Recommended names are Briannon, Chalon, Chianna, Chivon, Dannon, Lindon, Manon, Mignon, Mingnon, Nanon, Ninon, Raeann, Raeanna, Raeanne, Rainbow, Ranna, Rayann, Rayanna, Reannah, Reanne, Reeanne, Rexanna, Rexanne, Rhia, Rhianaye, Rhiane, Rhonnda (see Rhonda), Rian, Riann, Riayn, Rionna, Rionnah, Roanna, Roanne, Rohanna, Rosanna, Rosannah, Rosanne, Roxann, Roxanna, Roxanne, Roxianne, Royanna, Rozanna, Rozanne, Rubianne, Ryann, Ryanna, Ryanne, Shandon, Shannan, Shannen, Shannin, Shannon, Shannyn, Shanon, Sharon, Sharron, Shavon, Shianna and Toinon. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rhiannon.