What does Rian mean?
Rian [ri-an] as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Rian) has its root in Gaelic, and Rian means "king". Rian is an alternate spelling, with the prefix Ri-, of Ryan (Gaelic): also possibly (Gaelic) "water".
(male) Rean, Rine, ..
(female) Rianah, Rianni, ..
How popular is Rian?
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 entered the list in 1970-1979 and reached its peak position of #1134 in the U.S. in the 1980s, and is currently at #1396. (Top Baby Names, 2015)
Which version is better?with its source form and related boy names. Below is a graphed analysis of the popularity of the boy name Rian and corresponding names. Prominent variation forms of Rian (#1396 last year) are Ryan (#39 last year), Ryne and Ryon. Other variants, like Ryen, are seldom used. These forms of Rian were favored by parents 25 years ago (adoption of 1.4%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.5%, ▼68.6%), with versions like Ryan becoming less in vogue.
Rian is pronounced similarly to Rain, Raine, Rane, Rayne, Ren, Renne, Roan, Roane, Ron▼, Ronn, Roone, Rowan▲, Rowen▲, Royan and Rune. Other recommended names are Alan▼, Aman, Arian▲, Ban, Bran, Chan, Cian, Dilan▲, Doan, Egan, Eian, Eidan, Elan, Euan, Evan, Evian, Ewan, Finan, Gian, Han, Ian▲, Ifan, Ilan, Iman, Jan▼, Jean▼, Jian, Juan, Kian▲, Kiean, Kiran, Man, Milan▲, Nisan, Rab, Rad, Rae, Rai, Raj, Ram, Rand, Ras, Ray▼, Read, Regan, Ric, Rich, Rigg, Rik, Rikk, Rip, Rohan▲, Roman▲, Rylan, Shan, Stan▼, Stian, Twan, Van and Zan. These names tend to be more commonly used than Rian.See names in meaning and etymology.