Ryan Name Meaning & Origin

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."

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Comments and insights on the name Ryan: | Edit

Usually casual and an all-around awesome guy.

Personal experiences with the name Ryan: | Edit

I have a friend named Ryan who is super cool.

Nicknames for Ryan: | Edit

Rype, Ripe, Ry-Ry.

Meanings and history of the name Ryan: | Edit

Means "little king" in Irish.

Famous real-life people named Ryan: | Edit

Paul Ryan-some political guy

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N/A because he's too awesome.

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