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Ryan (boy)

What does Ryan mean?

Ryan Pronunciation of Ryan [ryan] 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.

Associated with: gaelic, king, water.


Ryan has 7 variants: Rian, Rien, Rion, Ryen, Ryne, Ryon and Ryun.

1 feminine form: Riane.

Creative forms:
(male) Ranan, Risan, ..

(female) Ryani, Ryni, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ryan Ramiro (R.R.), ..

How popular is Ryan?

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)

Ryan entered the list in 1900-1909 and reached its top rank of #11 in the U.S. in 1991, and is presently at #39. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ryan name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Rian (#1396 via latest list), Ryon and Ryne are the prominent varying forms of Ryan (#39 via latest list). These relations of Ryan were favored as birth names 3 decades ago (median #928) and are now significantly less widespread (#1358, down 68.6%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ryan, Rian, Ryne, Ryon in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ryan is pronounced similarly to Rain, Raine, Rane, Rayne, Ren, Renne, Roan, Roane, Ron, Ronn, Roone, Rowan, Rowen, Royan and Rune. Other suggested similar names are Alan, Aman, Aran, Aydan, Ayman, Ban, Bran, Bryan, Byran, Chan, Cyran, Dean, Dylan, Ean, Eban, Egan, Elan, Eman, Euan, Evan, Ewan, Fran, Gian, Gyan, Han, Idan, Ifan, Ilan, Iman, Ivan, Jan, Jean, Jian, Juan, Kean, Kian, Kylan, Oran, Rae, Rai, Raj, Ram, Ray, Read, Riyad, Rohan, Roman, Ronan, Royal, Rylan, Ryland, Ryu, Ryuu, Sean, Shan, Stan, Tan, Twan, Wyman and Xan. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ryan.

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