Meaning and Name Origin
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 (#203 out of 88799, 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. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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) ranked in the Top 1000. These boy names reached the apex of their popularity in 1990 and are now significantly less widespread, with the version Ryne becoming less stylish. Ryan (#37) is the most fashionable boy name in this list. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.