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.Creative forms:
(male) Ranan, Risan, ..
(female) Ryanah, Ryanie, .. 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)
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%).
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.See names in meaning and etymology.