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What does the name Ryan mean?

The different meanings of the name Ryan are:
  • Celtic - Gaelic meaning: Little King, Young Royalty
  • English meaning: Little King
The meaning of the name “Ryan” is different in several languages, countries and cultures and has more than one possibly same or different meanings available.

Additional information: Ryan is a boys name derived from the Irish Ó Riain, which means ‘descendent of Rian’, with ‘Rian’ meaning ‘little king’. Ryan is an Arabic and a Persian name, with ‘Rayyan’ being one of the gates of paradise in Islam, and the Persian Ryan meaning ‘wisdom’. The Arabic name can be spelled ‘Rayan’, and the Persian name can be spelled ‘Rayan’ or ‘Rayen’. Feminine forms of Ryan are Ryana and Ryanne; similar names to Ryan are Rian, Brian, and Flynn, and similar feminine names are Rihanna, Rhianna and Rhiannon. The most common nickname for Ryan is ‘Ry’, and common misspellings are ‘Rayn’ and ‘Ryna’. It is also used as a surname and also as a girl name.

Before 1946, the name Ryan was only recorded as being in the top thousand names for boys once for the USA, in 1906. It wasn’t until the seventies that the name Ryan really became popular, and it peaked in popularity in 1990 at number eleven. Since then the name’s popularity has been decreasing again in America, it was the 14th most popular name for boys in the USA in 2006, receiving it's highest popularity in Delaware and Rhode Island (#1) and being particularly popular in the Northeastern states. It fell to 37th place in 2014. In 1974, the same year Ryan became very popular for boys, the name has seen moderate popularity as a feminine name, although it has never reached the top hundred. The name is consistently popular in Ireland and Northern Ireland, and in 2014 was ranked higher as a boys name in Ireland at seventh than in Northern Ireland, where it had fallen to fourteenth most popular. In England and Wales, the name’s popularity has dipped from being in the top ten during the nineties to 51st in 2013.

Celebrities with the name Ryan include Ryan Giggs (Welsh footballer), Ryan Gosling (Canadian actor), Ryan Reynolds (Canadian actor), and Ryan Tedder (American musician, front man of OneRepublic). Famous fictional characters with the name are Ryan Atwood from The O.C., Ryan Howard from The Office USA, and Dr. Ryan Stone, the female protagonist from Gravity.