Ryan name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ryan mean? Keep reading to find the user submitted meanings, dictionary definitions, and more.

Origin and Meaning of Ryan

User Submitted Origins

African American

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from California, U.S. says the name Ryan is of Irish origin and means "Little king, young royalty".
  2. 33 people from all over the world agree the name Ryan is of Irish origin and means "Little king".
  3. 2 submissions from the United Kingdom and the United States agree the name Ryan means "Small King" and is of Gaelic / English origin.
  4. 4 people from Ohio, U.S. agree the name Ryan is of American origin and means "King".
  5. According to a user from Maryland, U.S., the name Ryan is of American origin and means "Swamp King".
  6. A user from Virginia, U.S. says the name Ryan means "... 'descendent of the king'".
  7. A user from South Carolina, U.S. says the name Ryan is of American origin and means "Little prince".
  8. 2 submissions from India and the United Kingdom agree the name Ryan means "Door of heaven" and is of Arabic / American origin.
  9. According to a user from India, the name Ryan is of Arabic origin and means "Door to Heaven".
  10. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Ryan means "Protector of royalty" and is of Irish origin.
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  1. An Irish surname​, anglicized from Ó Riaghain, Ó Riain (“descendant of Riaghan, Rían”). Riaghan/Rían is perhaps from (“king”) + -án (diminutive suffix), meaning “little king”.
  2. An Irish surname​, an alternate anglicization of Ó Maoilriaghain, Ó Maoilriain (Mulryan).
  3. An Irish surname​, a rare anglicization of Ó Ruadháin, Ó Ruaidhín (Rowan, Rouine).
  4. An Irish surname​, a rare anglicization of Ó Sraitheáin, Ó Sruitheáin, Ó Srutháin (Strachan, Strahan).
  5. A locale in Australia.
    1. A suburb of Mount Isa, Queensland; named for Dr. Joseph Ryan, medical superintendent of the local hospital during WWII.
    2. A village in New South Wales.
  6. A locale in the United States.
    1. A city in Iowa.
    2. A city in Oklahoma; named for early settler and rancher Stephen W. Ryan.
    3. An unincorporated community in California; named for borax industry businessman John Ryan.
    4. An unincorporated community in Minnesota.
    5. An unincorporated community in Illinois.
    6. An unincorporated community in West Virginia; named for early settler and minister Thomas P. Ryan.
    7. A ghost town in Washington; named for early settler Henry Ryan.
  7. A male given name transferred from the surname, popular in English-speaking countries from the 1970s to the 1990s.
  8. A female given name transferred from the surname, of 1970s and later usage.
  9. A female given name of 1970s and later usage, variant of Rhian.

Ryan was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano and Portuguese

Notable Persons Named Ryan

Notable Persons Named Ryan

Ryan Gosling

Ryan Gosling is an actor and musician. He was most active from 1993 to present. Ryan was given the name Ryan Thomas Gosling on November 12th, 1980 in London, Ontario, Canada.

Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds is an actor and producer. He was most prominent from 1991 to present. Ryan was born on October 23rd, 1976 in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Ryan Seacrest

Ryan Seacrest is a television show host, television, radio personality, presenter, celebrity, and televisionandradio personality. He was most active from 1990 to present. Ryan was given the name Ryan John Seacrest on December 24th, 1974 in Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

Ryan Giggs

Ryan Giggs is a soccer player for the Manchester United F.C., Manchester City F.C. Reserves, Academy, Manchester United F.C. Reserves, England national under-16 football team, Wales national under-19 football team, and Wales national under-21 football team. Ryan was born on November 29th, 1973 in Canton, Cardiff, Wales.

Ryan Phillippe

Ryan Phillippe is an actor, director, and writer. He was most active from 1992 to present. Ryan was given the name Matthew Ryan Phillippe on September 10th, 1974 in New Castle, Delaware.

Ryan Adams

Ryan Adams is a rock music, alternative country, and folk rock musician, singer-songwriter, producer, poet, painter, and record producer. He plays Vocals, guitar, piano, harmonica, bass guitar, drums, banjo, Lead vocalist, Gibson ES-335, Fender Telecaster, Fender Stratocaster, and Fender Princeton Reverb. He has had major accomplishments since 1991. Ryan was given the name David Ryan Adams on November 5th, 1974 in Jacksonville, North Carolina United States.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Ryan

Notable Persons With the Last Name Ryan

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan is a Chairman of the House Ways, Means Committee, Chairman of the House Budget Committee, 54th Speaker of the United StatesHouse of Representatives, Chairman of theHouse Ways, and Chairman of theHouse Budget Committee. Paul was born on January 29th, 1970 in Janesville, Wisconsin.

Meg Ryan

Meg Ryan is an actress. She has been prominent since 1981. Meg was given the name Margaret Mary Emily Anne Hyra on November 19th, 1961 in Fairfield, Connecticut, U.S.

Jeri Ryan

Jeri Ryan is an actress and actor. She has been prominent since 1991. Jeri was given the name Jeri Lynn Zimmermann on February 22nd, 1968 in Munich, West Germany.

Lucy Lawless

Lucy Lawless is an actress and musician. Her ongoing career started in 1989. Lucy was given the name Lucille Frances Ryan on March 29th, 1968 in Mount Albert, New Zealand.

Amy Ryan

Amy Ryan is an actress. Her ongoing career started in 1987. Amy was given the name Amy Beth Dziewiontkowski on May 3rd, 1969 in Flushing, Queens, New York City, U.S.

Debby Ryan

Debby Ryan is an actress and singer. She has been prominent since 2006. Debby was given the name Deborah Ann Ryan on May 13th, 1993 in Huntsville, Alabama, United States.

  • Katherine Ryan
  • Nolan Ryan
    Baseball Player
  • Buddy Ryan
    American Football Player
  • Matt Ryan
  • Rex Ryan
    American Football Player
  • Jack Lord
  • Irene Ryan
  • Tim Ryan
  • Leo Ryan
  • Jay Ryan
  • Robert Ryan
  • Joey Ryan
  • Michelle Ryan
  • Bianca Ryan

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Ryan U.S.
  White 91.65% 64.26%
  African American 3.02% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.89% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.43% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.46% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.55% 16.26%

Of Last Name Ryan

People with the last name Ryan are most frequently White

Entire United States

Fun Facts about the name Ryan

  • What name lists does Ryan rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Ryan? Ryan is the 46th most popular name of all time. In 2019 Ryan was the 54th most popular name. As a last name Ryan was the 193rd most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Ryan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 962,641 babies born with the first name Ryan in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ryan to occupy the country of Djibouti with an estimated population of 923,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Ryan? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1906 when it was given as a first name to 10 new born babies.
  • When was Ryan first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ryan is Tuesday, January 27th, 1880.
  • What year had the most people named Ryan born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ryan was in 1985 with a total of 29,907 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ryan!
  • Random Ryan Factoid: According to the 1998 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ryan ranks 13th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, 237 babies in Oklahoma have the same name in 1998.
  • Weird things about the name Ryan: The name spelled backwards is Nayr. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Yran. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Ryan? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 143,452 people with the last name Ryan.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ryan? Ryan was ranked as the 193rd most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  • Ryan name meaning

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