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Meaning: Variant of Bryan

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Ryan

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Ryan in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Ryan:

  • Records indicate that 879,309 boys in the United States have been named Ryan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1985, when 29,874 people in the U.S. were given the name Ryan. Those people are now 35 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


    Comments about the name Ryan

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      26 Positive Comments

  • "I was pregnant with my 3 child. I found out my husband's great grandmother's maiden name was Ryan .. We made our decision. Ryan Patrick born August 24th..." Nov. 10, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Ryan and I love the name. I'm a school teacher and always had great students with that name. He goes by Ryguy and Ryno, two great nicknames for a boy who plays sports." Oct. 31, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and this is my story. I was born and my mother called me Ryan. The end" Oct. 22, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "While it's not a girls name (why? Because dumb people say ?it's a girls name.?) the name Ryan is a boys name. It?s great. Even better ryan's Toy review on YouTube?s makes the name 100 times better" Dec. 28, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan but my family name also starts with an R so it sounds like a tongue twister. My parents called me Ryan-John but no one calls me that. Everyone just calls me Ryan and John is there for official papers." Sep. 10, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Ryan. It was the ONLY name that my husband and I could agree on. Every name I threw out, my husband said, "No. No. No. No." until I said "Ryan" and he said I like it. So we have Ryan Kelly, our Little King. He's our only child and will be our only child." Jun. 9, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Ryan Edward 15 months ago. We love his name. He is such a Ryan if that makes sense. We call him "Ry Ry" a lot but Im sure I'll toy with "Ryno" when he gets older. Ofcourse good ol "RYAN' is the best way to use the name. I think RYAN is a great name." May. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was born in 1980, and was named after Ryan O'Neill, who was a popular actor at that time." Apr. 12, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 2nd son is named Ryan Patrick, he was named after the old soap opera "Ryans Hope" back in the 70's and 80's. I just love the name Ryan and Patrick , both suit him." Mar. 31, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our younger son Ryan. He is exactly what I think of when I think of any boy named Ryan -- handsome, funny, all around good looks. He is a sweetheart and his name fits him perfectly. He was meant to be called Ryan." Oct. 9, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our son is named Ryan. We thought of it on the day he was born, loved it and looked up the meaning (little King) after his birth. So funny, he's the last and youngest with 3 older sisters and is really is the little king!" Dec. 1, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I know a guy named Ryan and he's what I see when I think of all Ryan's: clean cut, polite, funny, all-around nice guy, well adjusted. It's a solid name." Nov. 22, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "i have an uncle named ryan and he is soooo much fun!! he is the best uncl in the world (he's the bomb!!)!" Jul. 11, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my oldest son Ryan in 1980 his nick names are Ry,Ryno or Rynona" Feb. 8, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's my name. Yeah, it's pretty rad. There's a lot of us, but I'm pretty sure I'm the best." Jan. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "we named our son Ryan (June 2006) and we still love our choice. we have met several people with boys named Ryan and one even moved in across the street! luckily, he is 6 years older. Ry Ry is the natural nickname, it seems. we hope to have a girl next and name her Renee. her nickname would be Nay Nay :-)" Jan. 5, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Rian after meeting a girl with that name. She said she loved being named Rian and we thought it would fit perfectly because we want her to be strong, independent and unique. My husband and I love it!" Apr. 19, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've had people insist that my name be Brian, not Ryan, to the point where they actually argue with me. Surreal." Mar. 27, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I was named Ryan Patrick way back in 1968 after my dad who is Patrick Ryan after his Uncle Ryan. I love the name now but wasn't fond of it as a child. I was constantly called Brian and was teased a bit due to the soap opera Ryan's Hope. I remember in 4th or 5th grade trying to convince friends to call me Patrick. Thank goodness that didn't stick." Jan. 25, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my boyfriend's name is ryan and he's a stud. if you name your son ryan he'll be a stud, too." Nov. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think it is interesting that the highest peak of popularity is in the 1980's. I was born in 1979 and I was actually named after Nolan Ryan and I wonder if that is why the name was so popular in the 80's." Oct. 23, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Our 20 month old son's name is Ryan. My maiden name is Bryant and Bryant sounded too macho for a boys first name. Sounds like a football player. Smile. So we removed the "b" and the "t" and became Ryan. We think it is a great name for a boy. We have had comments from people that it is a good name. Congrats for the people who are thinking about Ryan for their little one." Jun. 29, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "my 15 year old brother is named that and it is pretty cool" Apr. 1, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ryan. I think it's a great name for a boy. I picture a strong, handsome, popular guy in college with the name of Ryan." Feb. 21, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love my name. I don't meet a lot of others with it. Sometimes people misunderstand it and call me Brian." Jan. 12, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My middle son is Ryan. We love it! Totally suits him. I think its a classic name." Jan. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      3 Negative Comments

  • "I knew this little skeng called Ryan who argued with everyone, ruined the name for me" Oct. 13, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "It?s a dumb name. Whenever anyone gets my name backwards (frequently!) I have to tell them I?m too old to have been named Ryan. Thomas Ryan" Dec. 21, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "so the first guy i fell in love with ever name was ryan he turned out to not be who he claim to be so it broke me down to see his true colors but the hole point to this comment is to say that Ryan means "little king" im not sure if it was just him but really thought he was one he had the biggest head ever so i think his name fit him just fine" Sep. 30, 2015: Report as inappropriate

      13 Neutral Comments

  • "I named my son Ryan, after David Cassidy's brother Ryan Cassidy. I saw him in a picture with his mother Shirley Jones. I thought it was a cute name, never did I think it would become sooo popular! I still love the name though. My son is handsome , funny, witty and very masculine. He likes his name too, it is Ryan Thomas, very masculine, if I might say so, my self!" Aug. 19, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "i think ryan's a great name to be honest with you;to think of it there's this guy in year 10 called ryan ashton and turns out he crushes me like mad,i was hoping to tell him this[speaks in swashli];'hannsi'.;which is swashli for handsome.;i hear him calling my name;'megan,megan,where are you my darling girl'.;love it,follow and comment,pweassssssssssssssssssssssssse" Feb. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I LOVE the name Ryan for a GIRL. My name is Tyler and i am a girl. So wen i have my first daughter, her name will be Rhian." Feb. 18, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My six year old is called ryan and i love it,im so fussy with boys name so he was always gonna be called ryan and ive never regreted it." Jan. 22, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "It is my favorite boy name of all time! So of course my first son is Ryan. He was born in 1983, but I had loved the name since about 1970, when I taught a Ryan in my second grade class. I kept it in mind, knowing that if I could convince my husband (I wasn't even married then and hadn't even met my future husband!) I would have a son named Ryan. My only regret is that it became SO popular right around the time we used it. But I'll always love the name, and my son likes it too." Jun. 5, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and in college I was going to live with my 2 other friends named Ryan and Ryan. We decided against it because it would be hard when people called us on the phone. I was born in 1971 and I know a lot of people with that name born in that year." Jan. 30, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan, and people always pronounce it right, but they sometimes spell it R-A-Y-N and R-I-A-N by miskate. Some people also think that when I say that my name is "Ryan" that I am saying "Brian/Bryan"" Dec. 26, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "my brother was called ryan, and is currently trying to con us into believing its the easiest name to spell in the world. xD stay strong little man" Jun. 3, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "i know a kid named ryan he is pretty lame.dont ever name your poor child that. trust me you dont want him to end up like the ryan i know. im talking he is awful. crack head. bad grades. rude. just plain out awful. gahh. sorry but it is worse than any other name out there" May. 16, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm curious if boys named Ryan get confused with the name Brian?" Mar. 30, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my son Ryan - he is 8 now and loves his name!!" Feb. 24, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "As a child, kids on the playground would mix it up and call me Nayr. When I became a man I grew into it and now have no problems except for the constant struggle to convince people that the 'R' is not silent." Oct. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Ryan. People often think its Bryan. There seems to be a lot of ryan's lately." Jan. 28, 2006: Report as inappropriate

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