Ryan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ryan


Pronunciation: RIY-ən (key)

Origin of the name Ryan:

From the Irish surname O'Riain (descendant of Rian). Rian is an ancient Irish name believed to be a diminutive form of rí (king): hence, "little king."

From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.

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Comments and insights on the name Ryan: | Edit

Ryan is a handsome, very attractive name for a baby boy. Pronounced Rie-en.

Personal experiences with the name Ryan: | Edit

A good friend of mine is named Ryan. He's a pretty great guy! Very likeable. Also really strange... he has a peculiar obsession with elephants. I love him. :)

When I think of the name "Ryan," a cute guy always pops into my head. It's simply a "cute-boy" name!

It's a popular name in the 20-30 set, but I've never met an unattractive guy named Ryan.

I have four children. My second child (a premmie) & second son I named "Ryan" (1990). I liked the meaning, "Little King" & "The Laughing". What is so interesting is that he turned out to be both. Out of all my children, he is the most out-going, always laughing, & even his siblings referred to him as "the king of the kids". He grew up to be the most athletic and the tallest of my children (despite his rocky start in life, which he seemed to just shake off & continued to grow into a strong, healthy baby), is very good looking, & very succesful in athletics & school. The girls also seem to gravitate toward him and he is quite a social butterfly. He seems to fit his name very well (or his name fits him?). He is also a very caring person & has a wonderful personality, just an incredibly well-rounded young man.

My little brother is a Ryan. He's one of the most caring people I know(even if he trys to act like he doesn't care).

My 8 year old son's middle name is Ryan. I was reading a book while I was pregnant and the woman's name in the book was Ryan, and that's how I chose it. I love the name and think it is a great male name. I've noticed that recently it has become a popular girls name as well. I know someone whose 3 y/o daughter's middle name is Ryann. I guess it's cute for either, but I always think male when I hear Ryan (even though I chose it from a female character with the name). And I agree with the poster that said she thinks of 'cute guy' when she hears the name. All the Ryan's I have known have been cute guys too. Including my little Ryan :)

My son's name is Ryan Joseph. He's a very sweet and sensitive little guy.

Nicknames for Ryan: | Edit

Ry, RyRy, Rye bread, Cryin' Ryan

Meanings and history of the name Ryan: | Edit

Meanings of the name "Ryan".

Little King.

Little King.


Famous real-life people named Ryan: | Edit

Ryan Sikes - the worst Guitar player of all time
Ryan Tedder, American singer-songwriter and producer. He is the lead singer of the pop rock band OneRepublic.
Ryan Fletcher, Bass guitarist in the band Lawson
Ryan Kowarsky, opera Singer
Ryan Reynolds, actor
Rian Dawson, drummer of the band All Time Low
Ryan White, AIDS activist
Ryan O'Neil, actor
Ryan Gosling, actor
Ryan Phillipe actor
Ryan Adams, singer-songwriter
Ryan Seacrest, TV personality
Ryan Ross, guitarist of band Panic!At The Disco
Ryan Hayes, "Table for 12", sextuplet
Ryan Potter - Actor on Nickelodeon (Supah Ninjas)
Ryan Higa - YouTuber (Nigahiga)
Ryan Lochte, Olympic gold medalist, swimmer
Ryan Kelly, singer, part of the group 'Celtic Thunder'
Ryan Sheckler, American skateboarder
Ryan Stiles, American actor and comedian
Ryan McKenna, famous actor
Ryan Dolan,Irish singer from the Eurovision song contest 2013

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Ryan Atwood, leading role from the tv show the OC.
Ryan is a character from the American version of The Office
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