Ryan
Origin/Usage
Irish
Pronunciation
RIE- ən
Meaning
Little ruler
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Ryan originates in Irish language and means "little ruler". Originally derived from an Irish surname, Ryan can be currently used as both feminine and masculine given names, but remains much more frequent as a boy’s name. The etymology of the name is not quite clear. Its popularity peaked in the 1970s and has declined recently.

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