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The name Ryan has the following meaning:

Little king.
This name can be given to both baby boys and girls. It is a unisex name.


As a baby boy name, Ryan is currently a popular baby name, with a recent overall USA popularity ranking of 14 out of 1000 (source: 2000s U.S. Census).

In 2009, the name Ryan fell in popularity and moved down the USA Top 1000 charts in Year 2009, by 1 places. For the Year 2009, it ranked 19 in the Top 1000 charts.

The following chart shows the popularity of the name Ryan in the USA, over the past 100 years.
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The name Ryan is pronounced as ry-un


Ryan originates from the Irish language.

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Related names

The following names are baby names related to Ryan and are suitable names for brothers and sisters of Ryan: Boys - Aidan, Devland, Dolan, Donahue, Dooley, Duer, Kavan, Kavon, Girls - Aileen, Arely, Ashlyn, Biddie, Breana, Breanna, Bria, Brianna, Bridget, Brielle, Brynn, Both genders - Brady


Popular Variants for the name Ryan: Rayan, Rayaun, Rhian, Rhien, Rhyen, Rhyne, Rhyon, Rhyun, Rian, Rien, Rion, Ryane, Ryann, Ryein, Ryen, Ryian, Ryiann, Ryien, Ryin, Ryn, Ryne, Rynn, Rynon, Ryon, Ryuan, Ryun, Ryyan


We think the name Ryan should fall under the following style category: Celtic.

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Based on our research, most people would imagine a person with the name Ryan to be: Good-looking, shy but tough guy

In one word, you might describe Ryan as a(n) "tough" person.

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Famous persons

The names of some famous persons by the name Ryan (or its variants) are:

Matthew Ryan Phillippe , born on 10 September, a famous actor. Matthew Ryan Phillippe 's background: An American actor. After appearing on the soap opera One Life to Live, he came to fame in the late 1990s, starring in a string of teen-oriented films, including I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions, and 54. Phillippe's more recent roles include the 2005 Academy Award-winning ensemble film Crash and the 2006 war drama Flags of Our Fathers.

Ryan James Howard, born on 19 November, a famous baseballer. Ryan James Howard's background: A baseball player who plays for the Philadelphia Phillies. Howard was the 2006 National League MVP and the fastest player to reach 100 home runs in Major League Baseball history.

Ryan Seacrest, born on 24 December, a famous television personality. Ryan Seacrest's background: An United States American television/radio host. He rose to fame as the host of American Idol.
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