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Ryan

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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 36 0 36
1946 65 0 65
1947 102 0 102
1948 83 0 83
1949 102 0 102
1950 99 0 99
1951 105 0 105
1952 125 0 125
1953 145 0 145
1954 135 0 135
1955 179 0 179
1956 192 0 192
1957 279 0 279
1958 310 0 310
1959 405 7 398
1960 389 5 384
1961 390 0 390
1962 403 0 403
1963 644 0 644
1964 525 5 520
1965 1,096 6 1,090
1966 1,595 17 1,578
1967 1,946 15 1,931
1968 2,190 14 2,176
1969 2,271 16 2,255
1970 2,356 24 2,332
1971 6,246 45 6,201 #51 boy name
1972 8,958 56 8,902 #39 boy name
1973 10,604 83 10,521 #30 boy name
1974 13,322 126 13,196 #25 boy name
1975 15,443 139 15,304 #23 boy name
1976 17,666 163 17,503 #16 boy name
1977 21,616 362 21,254 #16 boy name
1978 21,920 580 21,340 #14 boy name
1979 23,775 558 23,217 #14 boy name
1980 25,400 602 24,798 #15 boy name
1981 27,494 675 26,819 #13 boy name
1982 27,290 596 26,694 #13 boy name
1983 28,446 609 27,837 #13 boy name
1984 29,253 543 28,710 #12 boy name
1985 30,455 570 29,885 #12 boy name
1986 30,203 703 29,500 #11 boy name
1987 29,166 698 28,468 #13 boy name
1988 28,345 613 27,732 #13 boy name
1989 28,973 568 28,405 #13 boy name
1990 29,693 451 29,242 #11 boy name
1991 27,964 431 27,533 #11 boy name
1992 27,382 377 27,005 #13 boy name
1993 27,070 350 26,720 #13 boy name
1994 24,411 359 24,052 #16 boy name
1995 23,443 356 23,087 #15 boy name
1996 22,188 382 21,806 #16 boy name
1997 20,887 360 20,527 #16 boy name
1998 20,671 477 20,194 #17 boy name
1999 21,464 454 21,010 #12 boy name
2000 20,712 448 20,264 #13 boy name
2001 18,751 465 18,286 #15 boy name
2002 18,174 518 17,656 #16 boy name
2003 20,169 598 19,571 #13 boy name
2004 20,187 700 19,487 #12 boy name
2005 18,656 676 17,980 #14 boy name
2006 17,113 689 16,424 #14 boy name
2007 16,407 706 15,701 #16 boy name
2008 15,249 574 14,675 #18 boy name
2009 13,630 527 13,103 #20 boy name
2010 12,427 463 11,964 #23 boy name
2011 11,993 506 11,487 #25 boy name
2012 11,398 467 10,931 #26 boy name
2013 10,297 438 9,859 #30 boy name
2014 9,661 605 9,056 #37 boy name
2015 9,148 674 8,474 #39 boy name

Fun Facts about the name Ryan

  • How many people with the first name Ryan have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 930,311 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 29,885 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ryan!
  • Random Ryan Factoid: According to the 1980 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ryan ranks 11th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Alaska. Imagine that, 73 babies in Alaska have the same name as you in 1980.
  • 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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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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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Ryan" mean? The list below shows the origins of Ryan as well as things modernly associated with the name Ryan such as celebrities named Ryan.

Irish

Origin and Meaning of Ryan

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

Wiktionary

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 With the Name 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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  • Katherine Ryan
    (influential person)
  • Nolan Ryan
    (baseball player)
  • Buddy Ryan
    (american football player)
  • Matt Ryan
    (actor)
  • Rex Ryan
    (american football player)
  • Jack Lord
    (artist)
  • Irene Ryan
    (actress)
  • Tim Ryan
    (congressman)
  • Leo Ryan
    (politician)
  • Jay Ryan
    (actor)
  • Robert Ryan
    (important individual)
  • Joey Ryan
    (wrestler)
  • Michelle Ryan
    (actress)
  • Bianca Ryan
    (singing)

What does the name Ryan mean?

Ris for rock star, let it out!

Yis for yearn, your innermost desires.

Ais for abundant, your cheer knows no bounds.

Nis for natural, the genuine side of you.

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Sources: U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain). U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain). 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License). Wiktionary: Titles and License. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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