What does Ryan mean?
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.
Ryan has 1 feminine form: Riane.Kreatif forms: Riryan, Ryanney, Ryanri. [more]
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)
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. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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 2 years ago). These relations of Ryan were favored as birth names in 1990 (average #545) and are somewhat less widespread today (#679, down 29.3%). Ryan has generally been preferred by parents, and Ryne is no longer trendy. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
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.