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Gender: male/female
Pronunciation: righ - ann
Meaning: little king
Related Names: Brian, Rayan, Rean, Reyan, Rhian, Rhiana, Rian, Roan, Royan, Ryann, Ryen, Ryin, Ryne, Ryon, Ryun

Length: 4 Gender: {{#if male/female



Rank in 2000s: 14


Name: ryan Origin: Gaelic,,, Irish,, Meaning (no case): little king



Ryan comes from the Irish surname of O'Riain meaning descendant of Rian. The "O" in an Irish name means grandson. The Gaelic equivalent is Maoilriain and other variations include O'Ryan, Mulrian, Mulryan, and O'Mulrian. Ryan is still one of the most popular surnames in Ireland with an estimated 27,500 people using Ryan as their last name and it is the most popular surname in the Irish county of Tipperary which has a long history of Ryan's. The county of Tipperary was created in 1328 but Ryan's are prevalent in all counties of Ireland and were certainly around long before that. For instance O'Ryan, Prince of Idrone, was slain in the year 1170. Other important historical mentions of Ryan include: Sir Bernard Burke's 1863 book entitled "A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain" which documents the Ryan Coat of Arms; and the town records of Marblehead, Massachusetts which show Timothy Ryan as having married on December 17th, 1688. Also, lesser known derivation of Ryan is from ancient Irish word "righin" meaning "sluggish" and it written as either Mulrian or O'Mulrian.


According to the Social Security Administration (SSA) the given name Ryan was quite rare in the early part of the 20th century and didn't even break the top 1000 until 1946. In the 1970, Ryan was ranked as 140th most popular name but jumped to 51st the following year. The name continued to gain popularity in the 1970's and by the end of the decade it was a top 15 name. One reason for this explosion may be the actor Ryan O'Neal who starred in the 1970 movie Love Story. Since 1980, Ryan has been on average the 13th most popular boy's name. Ryan is also a girl's name, although it is has never been more popular than 340th (1986) on the SSA's list of popular girl's name.


According to the Central Statistics Office of Ireland, Ryan was the 14th most popular boy's name in 2006.


RYAN is a Russian acronym for a Soviet intelligence operation during the Cold War. Its purpose was to gather intelligence on a suspected nuclear first strike by the Reagan Administration. RYAN stands for Raketno-Yadernoe Napadenie or Nuclear Missile Attack.


  • Ryan Arnold Jackson Seacrest, host of American Idol, born on December 24th, 1974.
  • Ryan Walker Longwell, kicker for the Minnesota Vikings, born August 16th, 1974.
  • Ryan Rodney Reynolds, actor best known for staring in National Lampoon's Van Wilder and the television sitcom Two Guys and a Girl, born on October 23rd, 1976. *Ryan Lee Stiles, actor and comedian best known for his work on The Drew Carey Show and Whose Line Is It Anyway, born on April 22nd, 1959.


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Author: Ryan Hogan

Facts about RyanRDF feed
Gender male/female  +
Length 4  +
Meaning little king  +
Meaningnc little king  +
Name ryan  +
Origin Gaelic  +, and Irish  +
Popularity 1  +
Pronunciation righ - ann  +
Rank in 2000s 14  +
Related Brian  +, Rayan  +, Rean  +, Reyan  +, Rhian  +, Rhiana  +, Rian  +, Roan  +, Royan  +, Ryann  +, Ryen  +, Ryin  +, Ryne  +, Ryon  +, and Ryun  +
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