Ryan: Meaning, Popularity, Origin of Baby Name Ryan

Ryan

Pronunciation: RIY-in (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.

Related Names:

Rian, Rianna, Ryann

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Comments and insights on the name Ryan: | Edit

Great name for a man. Okay for a girl when spelled "Ryann".

Personal experiences with the name Ryan: | Edit

Rian (Ryan) is a beautiful name for a boy or girl. My daughters name is Rian and she is always told what a beautiful name she has.

Nicknames for Ryan: | Edit

Ry, Rain, Ann, Ry Ry, Anne, Annie, Ri Ry

Meanings and history of the name Ryan: | Edit

Meanings of the male name "Ryan".

Gaelic:
Little King.

American:
Little King.

Irish:
Kingly.

Famous real-life people named Ryan: | Edit

Ryan Williams

Ryan Elizabeth Jones, one-fifth of the Jones quintuplets made famous on the TLC reality television show, Quints By Surprise. Parents are Ethan and Casey Jones. Older sister, Eliot McKenna. The rest of the quints are Brooklyn Faith, Britton Grace, Jack William, and Lila Addison.

Ryan in song, story & screen: | Edit

Movie: Ryan's Song also the name of the theme song.

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