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.
There is 1 feminine form of Ryan: Riane.
Ryan is a very popular first name for males (#49 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#203 out of 88799, Top 1%) (Source: 2000 U.S. Population Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ryan for boys. Ryan reached its highest rank of #11 in the U.S. in 1991 (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ryan and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Ryan (#37), Ryne and Rian. (Source: 2014 Birth Name Statistics).
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▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ryan.