Meaning and Origin of: Ryan

Girl name origins & meanings

  • Gaelic : Little king

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  • Gaelic : Little king

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Family name origins & meanings

  • Irish : simplified form of Mulryan.
  • 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.
  • Americanized spelling of German Rein.

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