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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Ryan.
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)
Shown below is the birth name popularity 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, but is not ranked at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is a comparison of the popularity of Rhiannon and corresponding names. Ryan (#510 a year ago), Rianna, Rhianna and Reanna are the popular variation forms of Rhiannon ranked in the Top 1000. Usage of these girl names reached its highest in the year 1998 (usage of 0.2622%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.098%, down 62.6%), with the versions Reanna, Rhianna and Rhiannon becoming less stylish. Ryan (#510) is the most fashionable birth name in this compilation. (2014 Birth Statistics)