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What does Ryan mean?

Ryan Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: irish, king (queen), surname.


Ryan has 17 variants: Rian, Riana, Riane, Riann, Rianna, Rianne, Riayn, Ryana, Ryane, Ryann, Ryanna, Ryanne, Rye, Ryen, Ryenne, Ryette and Rynn.

4 more relations via Rhiannon: Rhiana, Rhiann, Rhyan and Rianon.

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


Middle name pairings:
Ryan Pepper (R.P.), ..

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)

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

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

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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ryan, Rhiannon, Rhyan, Rian, Riana in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rianna, Ryann, Ryanne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.

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