Ryan Name Meaning & Origin

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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Nicknames for Ryan

Ry, Rain, Ry Ry

Meanings and history of the name Ryan

Meanings of the male name "Ryan".

Gaelic:
Little King.

American:
Little King.

Irish:
Kingly.

Famous real-life people named Ryan

Ryan Williams
Ryan Elizabeth Jones, one-fifth of the Jones quintuplets made famous on the TLC reality television show, Quints By Surprise.
Ryan Ruby Mae Pritchard (b. 2010), daughter of American musician, songwriter, and composer Mike Dirnt

Ryan in song, story & screen

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

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