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Ryan 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.

Baby names that sound like Ryan are Royan, Roan, Ryun, Ryon, Ryen and Rian.

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Popularity of Ryan

Ryan is a very popular first name for men (#49 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#203 out of 88799) (1990 U.S. Census).

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Popularity of name Ryan
Popularity of Ryan