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What does Rian mean?

Rian /ri-an/ as a boys' name (also used less widely as girls' name Rian). Rian's root is Gaelic, and Rian means "king". Rian is an alternate spelling, with the prefix Ri-, of Ryan (Gaelic): also possibly (Gaelic) "water".

Associated with: gaelic, king


Rian has 6 variants: Rien, Rion, Ryen, Ryne, Ryon and Ryun.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Rean, Rine, ..

(female) Rianni, Rini, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

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 #1337. (Top Baby Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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. Prominent variation forms of Rian (#1337 last year) are Ryan (#37 last year), Ryne and Ryon. Other variants, like Ryen, are seldom used. These forms of Rian were favored by parents 24 years ago (adoption of 1.4%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.5%, 66.6%), with versions like Ryan becoming less in vogue.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rian, Ryan, Ryne, Ryon in U.S.

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

Similar Names


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.