Ryan - Meaning of Ryan
[ 2 syll. rya-n ] The baby girl name Ryan is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being far more popular. It is pronounced RIYaeN †. Ryan has its origins in the Celtic language. It is used largely in English and Irish. The name Ryan means 'descendant of Rian'. It is derived from the word ri with the meaning 'king'. It represents the transferred use of the surname as a given name. See Ryan for more information.
Ryan has 20 forms. Forms of the name include Raiann, Raianne, Riana, Riane, Riann, Rianna, Rianne, Riayn, Ryana, Ryane, Ryann, Ryanna, Ryanne, Ryenne, Ryette, Rylyn, and Rynn. Other English forms include the diminutive Rye, and the spelling variants Rian and Ryen.
Ryan is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1981, 0.038% of baby girls were named Ryan. It had a ranking of #347 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is used only on a very light scale now. In 2012, out of the family of girl names directly related to Ryan, Ryann was the most frequently used. Ryan has mainly been a boy name in the last century. There were 22 times more boys than girls who were named Ryan in 2011.
† Pronunciation for Ryan: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; AE as in "at (AE.T)" ; N as in "knee (N.IY)"