Ryan

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948k
in the U.S.
since 1880
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Ryan mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Ryan

"Ryan" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "King". It's a name commonly given to boys.

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From Irish Ó Riain, possibly meaning "Little King" (note: citation needed)

  1. A surname​ common in Ireland.
  2. A male given name derived from the surname, popular in all English-speaking countries from the 1970s to the 1990s.
  3. A female given name in use since the 1970s, from the surname, or a variant of Rhian. Spelling variant: Ryann.

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

Notable Persons Named Ryan

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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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How popular is the baby name Ryan in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1906 10 0 10
1911 6 0 6
1913 7 0 7
1914 9 0 9
1916 7 0 7
1917 8 0 8
1918 12 0 12
1919 6 0 6
1920 12 0 12
1921 17 0 17
1922 8 0 8
1923 10 0 10
1924 7 0 7
1925 14 0 14
1926 14 0 14
1927 9 0 9
1928 14 0 14
1929 6 0 6
1930 14 0 14
1931 15 0 15
1932 14 0 14
1933 11 0 11
1934 13 0 13
1935 11 0 11
1936 13 0 13
1937 14 0 14
1938 8 0 8
1939 21 0 21
1940 18 0 18
1941 13 0 13
1942 26 0 26
1943 34 0 34
1944 23 0 23
1945 35 0 35
1946 65 0 65
1947 102 0 102
1948 82 0 82
1949 102 0 102
1950 99 0 99
1951 105 0 105
1952 126 0 126
1953 146 0 146
1954 133 0 133
1955 178 0 178
1956 191 0 191
1957 277 0 277
1958 310 0 310
1959 405 7 398
1960 386 5 381
1961 390 0 390
1962 400 0 400
1963 645 0 645
1964 523 5 518
1965 1,092 6 1,086
1966 1,592 17 1,575
1967 1,943 15 1,928
1968 2,185 14 2,171
1969 2,268 16 2,252
1970 2,355 24 2,331
1971 6,235 45 6,190 #51 boy name
1972 8,948 56 8,892 #39 boy name
1973 10,600 83 10,517 #30 boy name
1974 13,314 126 13,188 #25 boy name
1975 15,443 139 15,304 #23 boy name
1976 17,664 163 17,501 #16 boy name
1977 21,619 362 21,257 #16 boy name
1978 21,914 580 21,334 #14 boy name
1979 23,778 558 23,220 #14 boy name
1980 25,406 602 24,804 #15 boy name
1981 27,498 675 26,823 #13 boy name
1982 27,293 596 26,697 #13 boy name
1983 28,451 609 27,842 #13 boy name
1984 29,263 543 28,720 #12 boy name
1985 30,465 570 29,895 #12 boy name
1986 30,212 703 29,509 #11 boy name
1987 29,176 698 28,478 #13 boy name
1988 28,353 614 27,739 #13 boy name
1989 28,976 567 28,409 #13 boy name
1990 29,699 451 29,248 #11 boy name
1991 27,960 431 27,529 #11 boy name
1992 27,383 377 27,006 #13 boy name
1993 27,070 350 26,720 #13 boy name
1994 24,412 359 24,053 #16 boy name
1995 23,443 356 23,087 #15 boy name
1996 22,189 382 21,807 #16 boy name
1997 20,886 360 20,526 #16 boy name
1998 20,671 477 20,194 #17 boy name
1999 21,465 454 21,011 #12 boy name
2000 20,712 448 20,264 #13 boy name
2001 18,751 465 18,286 #15 boy name
2002 18,177 518 17,659 #16 boy name
2003 20,169 598 19,571 #13 boy name
2004 20,191 700 19,491 #12 boy name
2005 18,658 676 17,982 #14 boy name
2006 17,115 689 16,426 #14 boy name
2007 16,415 706 15,709 #16 boy name
2008 15,253 574 14,679 #18 boy name
2009 13,633 527 13,106 #20 boy name
2010 12,432 464 11,968 #23 boy name
2011 11,999 506 11,493 #25 boy name
2012 11,402 467 10,935 #26 boy name
2013 10,311 438 9,873 #30 boy name
2014 9,686 606 9,080 #37 boy name
2015 9,199 678 8,521 #39 boy name
2016 8,917 685 8,232 #40 boy name
2017 8,422 770 7,652 #43 boy name

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Popularity of Ryan as a first name

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Popularity of Ryan as a last name

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Common last names for Ryan

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Jones
  • Brown
  • Davis
  • Martin
  • Walker
  • Taylor
  • Thomas
  • King
  • Robinson
  • Parker

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

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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 2017 Ryan was the 43rd 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 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 947,787 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 29,895 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ryan!
  • Random Ryan Factoid: According to the 2004 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ryan ranks 9th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Virginia. Imagine that, 585 babies in Virginia have the same name as you in 2004.
  • Weird things about the name Ryan: Your name in reverse order is Nayr. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Rayn. 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!

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  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
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