What does Ryan mean?
Ryan [ryan] as a girls' name (also used more widely as boys' name Ryan) is pronounced RY-ann. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ryan is "king". Cross-gender use of the surname, probably influenced by Rhiannon. Ryanna is also a male surname in East Africa that means "a spoilt or favored child". Actress Ryan Haddon.
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(male) Middle name pairings:
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How popular is Ryan?
Ryan is a very prominent first name for females (#1229 out of 4276, Top 29%) and also a very prominent last name for both adults and children (#177 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)
Ryan was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #377 in the U.S. during 1980-1989, and is at #474 currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related girl names. Ryann (#839 via latest list), Rhiannon (#1761), Rhyan (#1964), Ryanne, Riana, Rian and Rianna are the popular related forms of Ryan (#474 via latest list). Adoption of these forms of Ryan was common among parents a decade ago (adoption of 0.08%) and is somewhat less today (adoption 0.06%, 30% less), with versions such as Rhiannon becoming somewhat dated. Ryan and Ryann are two of the more chic birth names in this list.
Ryan▲ is pronounced similarly to Raeann, Raene, Rain, Raine, Rayann, Rayeann, Rayne▲, Reanne, Reene, Reine, Renne, Rhiane, Roanne, Rowan▲, Rowen and Wren▲. Other suggested similar names are Adan, Dian, Dwan, Dyan, Dylan▲, Elan, Eman, Evan, Fan, Fran, Iman, Jan▼, Jean▼, Joan▼, Lean, Nan▼, Rae▼, Ragan, Rana, Rani, Ray▼, Raya, Rayana, Rea, Read, Regan▼, Reya, Rhae, Ria, Roana, Roya, Rysa, San, Sean, Shan, Sian and Van. These names tend to be less frequently used than Ryan.See names in meaning and etymology.