Usage: Ryan, of Anglo-Saxon origin, is a very popular first name. It is more often used as a boy (male) name.
People having the name Ryan are in general originating from Australia, Barbados, Canada, France, Ireland, Malta, New Zealand, United Kingdom, United States of America, Zimbabwe.
For another variant of the name Ryan across the world, see Rian.
Meaning: Little king, Young royalty
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N.B. Sometimes it happens that another name has the same meaning. There is nothing surprising in this: both names have the same origin or the same numbers of numerology.
The Growth number corresponding to this first name is 22.
Qualities: Successful, Visionary
Ruling planet: Uranus
Colors: Blue, Gray
The name Ryan is ranked on the 19th position of the most used names. It means that this name is very frequently used.
We estimate that there are at least 10562100 persons in the world having this name which is around 0.145% of the population. The name Ryan has four characters. It means that it is relatively short-length, compared to the other names in our database.
The graph below represents the number of people who were given the name Ryan for each year since 1900 in the U.S.A.:
We do not have a name day for Ryan.
History and Origin
Ryan is a given name in English. It originates from the surname Ryan, which is an Anglicised form of the Irish Ó Riain. While mostly used for boys, Ryan has been used for girls in the United States since the 1970s.
Ryan or Rayan (Ar Rayyan) is a Arabic name as well. Rayyan is an indirect Quranic name for both boys and girls. According to hadith, it is the "gate of paradise" dedicated to those who fasted often in their lives.
Some sources suggest Rían/Ryan means "little king", although its actual etymology is unknown.
U.S., Australian, Irish, and English: from the Irish Gaelic surname Ó Riain ‘descendant of Rian’. Rian is an old Gaelic personal name of uncertain origin, probably a derivative of rí king.
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23 November 2016
The name origin of Ryan is Gaelic (Irish), not Anglo-Saxon (Germanic).