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.
Most Ryans I have met, including my brother, are very laidback, but usually have strong opions and a bad temper if they are pushed enough.

Ryan's are very sweet. Very musical. They get lonely, seeing how they push themselves away from others. Often get outshines by others around them.

Nicknames for Ryan: | Edit

Moon, Rype, Ripe, Ry-Ry, Raisen, Ryman, Ry-Bread

Meanings and history of the name Ryan: | Edit

Means "little king" in Irish.

Famous real-life people named Ryan: | Edit

Ryan Evans- Sharpay's sister on High School musical, pianist, definitely gay now that we look back at that movie.
Ryan Ross - Ex-member of band Panic! At The Disco, creator of Young Veins and lead singer, tortured by fans, really sweet bby, totally done with Brendon Urie, lonely
Ryan Seacrest- basic white DJ, top 30
Ryan Seaman- The better of the 'sea' Ryans. Drummer for IDK HOW the 80s inspired indie rock duo, cute blue hair, Dallon Weekes' buddy

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