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Updated February 28, 2024

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Girl name origins & meanings

  • Irish: Little king

What does Reagan mean and stand for?

The name Reagan is of Irish origin and means "little king." A popular unisex name, Reagan was originally a surname and the Anglicized form of Ó Ríagáin meaning "descendant of Riagán".

Syllables: 2

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Irish : Kingly
  • Gaelic : Little king

How Popular Is The Name Reagan

Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : variant spelling of Regan.


According to Social Security Administration data, Reagan has consistently held a spot in the top 120 since 2012, even breaching the top 100 in 2012 and again between 2015 and 2017.

However, it is the 5th most popular name on

According to Google search data analysis, in the last five years Reagan was at its peak popularity in December 2018.

Reagan is a popular unisex Irish surname, but has recently gained traction as a girl name, becoming one of the most popular girl names beginning with R. However, it still invokes images of Ronald Reagan and Shakespeare's character Reagan, the daughter of King Lear. Reagan has been a popular character name outside of Shakespeare, as well, including characters in Rainbow Rowell's book Fangirl, the TV show New Girl, and the MTV show Faking It. Popular namesakes include actresses Reagan Gomez and Reagan Dale Neis.

Where is it Popular?

Reagan was searched for most often in the following states:

Nicknames for Reagan

  • Rae
  • Rae Rae
  • Regs

Pairs well with these middle names


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