Ryan Name Meaning

Lastest Updated June 7, 2024
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Fact: Since 1971, Ryan has been in the top 100 popular names in the US.

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A Deep Dive

Ryan Overview

Meaning

Island meadow, land where rye is grown

Gender

Boy, Gender-neutral

Origin

English

Etymology

Derived from the Gaelic word rì or rí.

Religion

Christianity

Pronunciation

/ˈraɪən/

Popularity

Consistently ranking in the top 100 names for boys in the US since 1971.

Syllable

1 syllable

Length

4 letters

Numerology

22 (Influential, Visionary, Powerful)

Name Styles

Modern, Cool, Short, Cute

Associated Traits

Strong, reliable, friendly, charismatic, intelligent

Name Day

October 14th
A Deep Dive

Ryan Variations in Different Cultures

Popular Variations

Rian, Ryann, Ryen, Rion, Ryne, Riain, Rean, Rayan, Riaan, Ryane

Common Nicknames

Ry-Ry, Rye, Ryno, Rian, Ry-Guy, Ry-Roo, Ry-man

Diminutives

Ryn, Yan, Ri, Rin, Ryo

Famous People

  • Ryan Gosling
    (Canadian Actor)
  • Ryan Reynolds
    (Canadian Actor)
  • Ryan Seacrest
    (American TV Host)
  • Ryan Lochte
    (American Swimmer)
  • Ryan Murphy
    (American Producer)
  • Ryan Giggs
    (American Ex-footballer)

Pop Culture Icons and Works

  • Ryan Atwood
    ("The O.C.," TV Series)
  • Ryan Stone
    ("Gravity," Movie)
  • "Ryan's Hope"
    (1975, TV Series)

Places

  • Ryan Town
    (Oklahoma, USA)
  • Ryan Park
    (Wyoming, USA)
  • Ryan Field
    (Illinois, USA)

What Is the Meaning of Ryan?

The name Ryan means “island meadow” or “land where rye is grown.” This suggests a connection to nature and the countryside, indicating a place where rye, a type of grain, grows abundantly.

What Is the Origin of The Name Ryan?

Ryan is of English origin. The name is derived from the English word for “island meadow” or “land where rye is grown.” It has been used as a given name for its strong connection to nature and pastoral beauty.

Ryan Name Popularity

Popularity Chart of the Name Ryan in the U.S. over the Years

United States flagUnited States#662021#742022#832023
Top 3 Rankings#111986#111990#111991

Annual Statistics Breakdown for Ryan

YearName RankingNumber of BirthsBirth Rate (%)
202383
(-9 from 2022)
4020
(-371 from 2022)
0.21953
202274
(-8 from 2021)
4391
(-335 from 2021)
0.23444
202166
(-9 from 2020)
4726
(-609 from 2020)
0.25224
202057
(-3 from 2019)
5335
(-782 from 2019)
0.28843
201954
(-8 from 2018)
6117
(-821 from 2018)
0.31830
201846
(-2 from 2017)
6938
(-764 from 2017)
0.35694
201744
(-4 from 2016)
7702
(-553 from 2016)
0.38916
201640
(-1 from 2015)
8255
(-289 from 2015)
0.40753
201539
(-2 from 2014)
8544
(-552 from 2014)
0.41791
201437
(-7 from 2013)
9096
(-796 from 2013)
0.44388
201330
(-4 from 2012)
9892
(-1051 from 2012)
0.48953
201226
(-1 from 2011)
10943
(-560 from 2011)
0.53928
201125
(-2 from 2010)
11503
(-475 from 2010)
0.56626
201023
(-3 from 2009)
11978
(-1139 from 2009)
0.58304
200920
(-2 from 2008)
13117
(-1568 from 2008)
0.61846
200818
(-2 from 2007)
14685
(-1036 from 2007)
0.67349
200716
(-2 from 2006)
15721
(-710 from 2006)
0.70973
200614
No change from 2005
16431
(-1556 from 2005)
0.74946
200514
(-2 from 2004)
17987
(-1509 from 2004)
0.84552
200412
(+1 from 2003)
19496
(-82 from 2003)
0.92251
200313
(+3 from 2002)
19578
(+1920 from 2002)
0.93177
200216
(-1 from 2001)
17658
(-631 from 2001)
0.85442
200115
(-2 from 2000)
18289
(-1980 from 2000)
0.88421
200013
(-1 from 1999)
20269
(-744 from 1999)
0.97059
199912
(+5 from 1998)
21013
(+814 from 1998)
1.03055
199817
(-1 from 1997)
20199
(-329 from 1997)
0.99618
199716
No change from 1996
20528
(-1282 from 1996)
1.02754
199616
(-1 from 1995)
21810
(-1276 from 1995)
1.08847
199515
(+1 from 1994)
23086
(-974 from 1994)
1.14778
199416
(-3 from 1993)
24060
(-2671 from 1993)
1.18037
199313
No change from 1992
26731
(-286 from 1992)
1.29415
199213
(-2 from 1991)
27017
(-517 from 1991)
1.28703
199111
No change from 1990
27534
(-1723 from 1990)
1.29897
199011
(+2 from 1989)
29257
(+850 from 1989)
1.35951
198913
No change from 1988
28407
(+659 from 1988)
1.35531
198813
No change from 1987
27748
(-738 from 1987)
1.38583
198713
(-2 from 1986)
28486
(-1036 from 1986)
1.46066
198611
(+1 from 1985)
29522
(-389 from 1985)
1.53625
198512
No change from 1984
29911
(+1184 from 1984)
1.55430
198412
(+1 from 1983)
28727
(+880 from 1983)
1.53072
198313
No change from 1982
27847
(+1162 from 1982)
1.49427
198213
No change from 1981
26685
(-131 from 1981)
1.41401
198113
(+2 from 1980)
26816
(+2018 from 1980)
1.43988
198015
(-1 from 1979)
24798
(+1586 from 1979)
1.33699
197914
No change from 1978
23212
(+1889 from 1978)
1.29580
197814
(+2 from 1977)
21323
(+77 from 1977)
1.24797
197716
No change from 1976
21246
(+3757 from 1976)
1.24292
197616
(+7 from 1975)
17489
(+2193 from 1975)
1.07124
197523
(+2 from 1974)
15296
(+2114 from 1974)
0.94280
197425
(+5 from 1973)
13182
(+2669 from 1973)
0.80859
197330
(+9 from 1972)
10513
(+1633 from 1972)
0.65151
197239
(+12 from 1971)
8880
(+2697 from 1971)
0.53045
197151
(+89 from 1970)
6183
(+3859 from 1970)
0.34012
1970140
(-5 from 1969)
2324
(+77 from 1969)
0.12201
1969135
(-4 from 1968)
2247
(+80 from 1968)
0.12284
1968131
(+16 from 1967)
2167
(+240 from 1967)
0.12205
1967147
(+24 from 1966)
1927
(+354 from 1966)
0.10829
1966171
(+50 from 1965)
1573
(+487 from 1965)
0.08654
1965221
(+124 from 1964)
1086
(+571 from 1964)
0.05732
1964345
(-36 from 1963)
515
(-132 from 1963)
0.02541
1963309
(+96 from 1962)
647
(+250 from 1962)
0.03134
1962405
(-4 from 1961)
397
(+8 from 1961)
0.01889
1961401
(+7 from 1960)
389
(+9 from 1960)
0.01803
1960408
(-11 from 1959)
380
(-20 from 1959)
0.01755
1959397
(+49 from 1958)
400
(+92 from 1958)
0.01846
1958446
(+15 from 1957)
308
(+30 from 1957)
0.01429
1957461
(+86 from 1956)
278
(+86 from 1956)
0.01270
1956547
(+7 from 1955)
192
(+16 from 1955)
0.00895
1955554
(+83 from 1954)
176
(+44 from 1954)
0.00842
1954637
(-36 from 1953)
132
(-13 from 1953)
0.00638
1953601
(+23 from 1952)
145
(+19 from 1952)
0.00724
1952624
(+57 from 1951)
126
(+21 from 1951)
0.00639
1951681
(+4 from 1950)
105
(+6 from 1950)
0.00549
1950685
(-7 from 1949)
99
(-3 from 1949)
0.00544
1949678
(+66 from 1948)
102
(+20 from 1948)
0.00566
1948744
(-59 from 1947)
82
(-20 from 1947)
0.00460
1947685
(+127 from 1946)
102
(+37 from 1946)
0.00549
1946812
(+291 from 1945)
65
(+30 from 1945)
0.00394
19451103
(+298 from 1944)
35
(+12 from 1944)
0.00255
19441401
(-231 from 1943)
23
(-11 from 1943)
0.00166
19431170
(+188 from 1942)
34
(+8 from 1942)
0.00234
19421358
(+639 from 1941)
26
(+13 from 1941)
0.00185
19411997
(-369 from 1940)
13
(-5 from 1940)
0.00104
19401628
(-170 from 1939)
18
(-3 from 1939)
0.00152
19391458
(+1188 from 1938)
21
(+13 from 1938)
0.00185
19382646
(-733 from 1937)
8
(-6 from 1937)
0.00070
19371913
(+51 from 1936)
14
(+1 from 1936)
0.00128
19361964
(+282 from 1935)
13
(+2 from 1935)
0.00122
19352246
(-224 from 1934)
11
(-2 from 1934)
0.00103
19342022
(+192 from 1933)
13
(+2 from 1933)
0.00122
19332214
(-219 from 1932)
11
(-3 from 1932)
0.00108
19321995
(-68 from 1931)
14
(-1 from 1931)
0.00130
19311927
(+152 from 1930)
15
(+1 from 1930)
0.00140
19302079
(+1481 from 1929)
14
(+8 from 1929)
0.00124
19293560
(-1397 from 1928)
6
(-8 from 1928)
0.00054
19282163
(+749 from 1927)
14
(+5 from 1927)
0.00123
19272912
(-726 from 1926)
9
(-5 from 1926)
0.00077
19262186
(+7 from 1925)
14
No change from 1925
0.00122
19252193
(+1312 from 1924)
14
(+7 from 1924)
0.00122
19243505
(-733 from 1923)
7
(-3 from 1923)
0.00060
19232772
(+480 from 1922)
10
(+2 from 1922)
0.00088
19223252
(-1272 from 1921)
8
(-9 from 1921)
0.00071
19211980
(+479 from 1920)
17
(+5 from 1920)
0.00149
19202459
(+1277 from 1919)
12
(+6 from 1919)
0.00109
19193736
(-1338 from 1918)
6
(-6 from 1918)
0.00059
19182398
(+558 from 1917)
12
(+4 from 1917)
0.00114
19172956
(+221 from 1916)
8
(+1 from 1916)
0.00083
19163177
(-906 from 1914)
7
(-2 from 1914)
0.00076
19150
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19142271
(+2 from 1913)
9
(+2 from 1913)
0.00132
19132273
(-736 from 1911)
7
(+1 from 1911)
0.00131
19120
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19111537
(-739 from 1906)
6
(-4 from 1906)
0.00249
19100
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19090
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19080
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19070
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
1906798
First SSA data recorded
10
First SSA data recorded
0.00694
19050
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19040
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19030
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19020
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19010
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
19000
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18990
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18980
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18970
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18960
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18950
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18940
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18930
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18920
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18910
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18900
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18890
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18880
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18870
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18860
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18850
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18840
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18830
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18820
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18810
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000
18800
No SSA data
0
No SSA data
0.0000

American States Popularity Rankings for Ryan

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Number of Births )

California (CA)

California (CA) flagCalifornia (CA)#682021#782022#772023

New York (NY)

New York (NY) flagNew York (NY)#322021#342022#422023

Texas (TX)

Texas (TX) flagTexas (TX)#802021#882022#892023

Pennsylvania (PA)

Pennsylvania (PA) flagPennsylvania (PA)#512021#442022#622023

Illinois (IL)

Illinois (IL) flagIllinois (IL)#552021#892022#792023

Ohio (OH)

Ohio (OH) flagOhio (OH)#1112021#1252022#1222023

Michigan (MI)

Michigan (MI) flagMichigan (MI)#932021#892022#1052023

Florida (FL)

Florida (FL) flagFlorida (FL)#642021#612022#602023

New Jersey (NJ)

New Jersey (NJ) flagNew Jersey (NJ)#332021#292022#342023

Massachusetts (MA)

Massachusetts (MA) flagMassachusetts (MA)#302021#352022#422023

Indiana (IN)

Indiana (IN) flagIndiana (IN)#1472021#1522022#1032023

Wisconsin (WI)

Wisconsin (WI) flagWisconsin (WI)#1362021#1262022#1482023

Minnesota (MN)

Minnesota (MN) flagMinnesota (MN)#1422021#1712022#1462023

Washington (WA)

Washington (WA) flagWashington (WA)#782021#1112022#962023

Missouri (MO)

Missouri (MO) flagMissouri (MO)#1222021#1352022#1502023

Virginia (VA)

Virginia (VA) flagVirginia (VA)#612021#762022#882023

Maryland (MD)

Maryland (MD) flagMaryland (MD)#452021#632022#582023

Georgia (GA)

Georgia (GA) flagGeorgia (GA)#1172021#972022#1242023

North Carolina (NC)

North Carolina (NC) flagNorth Carolina (NC)#912021#1062022#1202023

Colorado (CO)

Colorado (CO) flagColorado (CO)#882021#1302022#1152023

Arizona (AZ)

Arizona (AZ) flagArizona (AZ)#972021#1092022#1302023

Connecticut (CT)

Connecticut (CT) flagConnecticut (CT)#502021#222022#542023

Iowa (IA)

Iowa (IA) flagIowa (IA)#1782021#1432022#1612023

Oregon (OR)

Oregon (OR) flagOregon (OR)#992021#1242022#1382023

Louisiana (LA)

Louisiana (LA) flagLouisiana (LA)#1082021#1202022#1442023

Utah (UT)

Utah (UT) flagUtah (UT)#1312021#1662022#1332023

Tennessee (TN)

Tennessee (TN) flagTennessee (TN)#1222021#1262022#1412023

Oklahoma (OK)

Oklahoma (OK) flagOklahoma (OK)#1092021#982022#1272023

Kansas (KS)

Kansas (KS) flagKansas (KS)#1482021#1522022#1542023

Kentucky (KY)

Kentucky (KY) flagKentucky (KY)#1122021#1252022#1342023

Nebraska (NE)

Nebraska (NE) flagNebraska (NE)#1422021#1632022#1942023

South Carolina (SC)

South Carolina (SC) flagSouth Carolina (SC)#972021#1182022#1022023

Alabama (AL)

Alabama (AL) flagAlabama (AL)#1182021#1352022#1582023

New Hampshire (NH)

New Hampshire (NH) flagNew Hampshire (NH)#892021#732022#822023

Maine (ME)

Maine (ME) flagMaine (ME)#722021#1142022#952023

Nevada (NV)

Nevada (NV) flagNevada (NV)#1092021#1232022#1622023

Idaho (ID)

Idaho (ID) flagIdaho (ID)#942021#2282022#1262023

West Virginia (WV)

West Virginia (WV) flagWest Virginia (WV)#1582021#1642022#2342023

Arkansas (AR)

Arkansas (AR) flagArkansas (AR)#1362021#1312022#1702023

New Mexico (NM)

New Mexico (NM) flagNew Mexico (NM)#902021#1032022#1052023

Hawaii (HI)

Hawaii (HI) flagHawaii (HI)#1232021#1372022#1042023

Rhode Island (RI)

Rhode Island (RI) flagRhode Island (RI)#452021#372022#522023

Mississippi (MS)

Mississippi (MS) flagMississippi (MS)#1582021#1652022#1772023

North Dakota (ND)

North Dakota (ND) flagNorth Dakota (ND)#1322020#1202021#1652022

South Dakota (SD)

South Dakota (SD) flagSouth Dakota (SD)#982018#2002019#2322022

Montana (MT)

Montana (MT) flagMontana (MT)#1222021#1042022#862023

Delaware (DE)

Delaware (DE) flagDelaware (DE)#612021#1012022#572023

District of Columbia (DC)

District of Columbia (DC) flagDistrict of Columbia (DC)#532021#572022#742023

Alaska (AK)

Alaska (AK) flagAlaska (AK)#902021#602022#1362023

Vermont (VT)

Vermont (VT) flagVermont (VT)#772020#652021#1032022

Wyoming (WY)

Wyoming (WY) flagWyoming (WY)#752019#992022#1192023

Popularity Rankings for Ryan in other Countries and American Territories

(From the Most to Least Popular, Based on Rankings)

Popularity in Other American Territories

American Samoa flag American Samoa
Guam flag Guam
Northern Mariana Islands flag Northern Mariana Islands
U.S. Virgin Islands flag U.S. Virgin Islands

Other American Territories flagOther American Territories#122020#102021#112023

Popularity in Ireland

Ireland flagIreland#352021#262022#332023

Popularity in Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico flagPuerto Rico#312021#492022#492023

Popularity in Canada

Canada flagCanada#392021#332022#332023

Popularity in Australia (NSW)

Australia (NSW) flagAustralia (NSW)#452021#502022#522023

Popularity in Quebec, Canada

Quebec, Canada flagQuebec, Canada#522020#542021#562022

Popularity in New Zealand

New Zealand flagNew Zealand#702021#692022#572023

Popularity in Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland flagNorthern Ireland#672021#642022#762023

Popularity in Scotland

Scotland flagScotland#902021#1072022#1172023

Popularity in Switzerland

Switzerland flagSwitzerland#902020#1102021#1042022

Popularity in England and Wales

England and Wales flagEngland and Wales#952019#1012020#1062021

Popularity in France

France flagFrance#1592017#1792018#1922019

Popularity in Belgium

Belgium flagBelgium#1832017#1662018#1862019

Popularity in Germany

Germany flagGermany#2642021#2122022#2292023

Popularity in Iceland

Iceland flagIceland#2292021#2942022

Popularity in Sweden

Sweden flagSweden#3282022#2472023

Popularity in Poland

Poland flagPoland#3632021#3992022#2922023

Popularity in Norway

Norway flagNorway#2922021#3412022#4512023

Source: Social Security Administration (SSA) and Other National Sources

Is Ryan a Name for Boys or Girls?

Ryan is traditionally a name for boys, but it has become increasingly popular as a gender-neutral name in recent years.

Variants, Nicknames, Diminutives, and Ideal Middle Names for Ryan

Ryan in Famous People Names, Pop Culture, and Places

  • Ryan Gosling (Actor, born 1980): A Canadian actor known for his roles in "The Notebook," "La La Land," and "Blade Runner 2049."
  • Ryan Reynolds (Actor, born 1976): A Canadian actor famous for his roles in "Deadpool," "The Proposal," and "Free Guy."
  • Ryan Seacrest (TV Host, born 1974): An American television host and producer, best known for hosting "American Idol" and "Live with Kelly and Ryan."
  • Ryan Lochte (Swimmer, born 1984): An American competitive swimmer who has won multiple Olympic gold medals.
  • Ryan Murphy (Producer, born 1965): An American television writer, director, and producer known for creating "Glee," "American Horror Story," and "Pose."
  • Ryan Giggs (Ex-footballer, born 1973): A Welsh former professional footballer and manager, known for his long career at Manchester United.
  • Ryan Atwood ("The O.C.," 2003, TV Series): A main character in the TV series "The O.C.," known for his troubled past and journey to find stability.
  • Ryan Stone ("Gravity," 2013, Movie): A fictional character portrayed by Sandra Bullock in the film "Gravity," known for her struggle to survive in space.
  • "Ryan's Hope" (1975, TV Series): A daytime soap opera that aired on ABC, centered around the Ryan family in New York City.
  • Ryan (Oklahoma, USA): A small town in Jefferson County, Oklahoma, named after a local businessman.
  • Ryan Park (Wyoming, USA): A community and recreation area in Carbon County, Wyoming, known for its outdoor activities and natural beauty.
  • Ryan Field (Illinois, USA): The football stadium for Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois.

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