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What does Rian mean?

Rian \rian\ as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Rian). Rian's root is Gaelic, and Rian means "king". Rian is a variation of Ryan (Gaelic): also possibly (Gaelic) "water".


Rian has 5 variants: Rien, Rion, Ryen, Ryon and Ryun.


Rian is a rare given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#62577 out of 150436, Top 42%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Rian for boys. Rian reached its peak position of #33 in Ireland in 2012, and is currently at #37. (Top 100 Baby Names Records, 2013)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rian name in U.S.

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

Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Rian and corresponding names. The only other prominent variation form of Rian is Ryan (#37 last year). These boy names reached the peak of their popularity in 1991 (usage of 0.4945%) and are almost as popular today (usage 0.4815%, down 2.6%). Ryan (#37) is the most chic name for newborns among these. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ryan in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rian is pronounced similarly to Rain, Rane, Ren, Roan, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Rowan and Royan. Other recommended similar baby names are Cian, Eian, Gian, Jian, Kian, Ram and Rohan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rian.