First name origins & meanings:

  1. Gaelic: Little king
  2. Gaelic: Little king

First name variations: Ryen, Rian, Ryanne, Rhine, Rhyan, Rhyne, Ry, Ryane, Ryen, Rian, Ryanne, Ryun

Last name origins & meanings:

  1. Irish: simplified form of Mulryan.
  2. Irish: reduced form of O’Ryan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Rian’; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant of Maoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of the little red one’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland; there has been considerable confusion with Regan.
  3. Americanized spelling of German Rein.

Famous people with this first name: Ryan O'Neal, Ryan Phillippe, Ryan Murphy

Famous people with this last name: Meg Ryan

Famous people who gave their babies this name: Marc Anthony, Jackson Browne

This name appears in the following lists: First Ladies, Opera Singers, Pop Princes and Princesses

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