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Meaning and name origin

Ryan \r-yan\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's name Ryan), is pronounced RYE-an. It is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Ryan is "king". Also possibly (Gaelic) "water". Actors Ryan O'Neal, Ryan Philippe; baseball player Ryne Sandberg.

Ryan has 6 variant forms: Rian, Rien, Rion, Ryen, Ryon and Ryun.

There is 1 feminine form of Ryan: Riane.

Ryan is also pronounced similarly to Rain, Rane, Ren, Roan, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Rowan and Royan. Other suggested similar baby names are Gyan, Ram, Rohan and Rylan.


Ryan is a very popular first name for males (#49 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#203 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).

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