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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.
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).
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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