What does Ryan mean?
Ryan \r-yan\ as a boys' name (also used less regularly as girls' 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 1 feminine form: Riane.
Ryan is a very prominent first name for men (#49 out of 1220, Top 4%) and also a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#177 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the baby name popularity of Ryan for boys. Ryan entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top rank of #11 in the U.S. in 1991, and is presently at #37. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Below is a charted comparison of the usage of the boy name Ryan and corresponding names. Ryne and Rian are the prominent varying forms of Ryan (#37 a year ago). These boy names reached the apex of their popularity in 1990 (usage of 0.4543%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.321%, down 29.3%), with the version Ryne becoming less stylish. Ryan (#37) is the most fashionable boy name in this list. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Ryan is 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.