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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 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).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ryan for boys (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ryan name in U.S.

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

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ryan and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rian, Ryan and Ryne. (2015 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ryan, Ryne in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.


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