[ 2 syll. ryan, ry-an ] The baby boy name Ryan is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as RIYaeN †. Ryan is used predominantly in the English and Irish languages, and its origin is Celtic. The name's meaning is descendant of Rian. The first name is derived from the Irish surname Ó Riain; the old Gaelic personal name Riain is of obscure origin, it could be of the Irish 'ri'.
Ryan is a widely used name; it has 28 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Rayan, Rhian, Rhien, Rhyan, Rhyen, Rhyne, Rhyon, Rhyun, Rian, Rien, Rion, Ryane, Ryann, Ryen, Ryian, Ryiann, Ryin, Rylan, Ryland, Ryn, Ryne, Rynn, Ryuan, and Ryyan. The contraction Ry, and the variant spellings Ryon and Ryun are other English forms. A variant of Ryan in other languages is Ruyan (Spanish).
Ryan is very popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity jumped from the 1940s up to the 1980s. Its usage peaked in 1985 with 1.555% of baby boys being given the name Ryan. It ranked at #12 then. The baby name has since experienced a fall in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.540% and its ranking #26, but it was nonetheless the most popular among all boy names in its group. In 2012, 5 times more boys were named Ryan than the next most popular name, Rylan. Ryan has in the past century been mostly given to baby boys. In 2011, the name Ryan was given to 22 times as many baby boys than girls.
† 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)"
Details of famous persons named Ryan:
Actor Ryan Gosling, born 12 November 1980, London, Ontario, Canada.
Actor Ryan Phillippe, born 10 September 1974, New Castle, Delaware.
Actor Ryan Reynolds, born 23 October 1976, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Skateboarder Ryan Sheckler, born 30 December 1989, San Clemente, California.
TV Personality Ryan Seacrest, born 24 December 1974, Atlanta, Georgia.