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Popularity Over Time: How Many Girls Have Been Named Ryan

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

A few facts about the girl's name Ryan:

  • Records indicate that 19,387 girls in the United States have been named Ryan since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1986, when 704 people in the U.S. were given the name Ryan. Those people are now 35 years old.

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    Comments about the name Ryan

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      31 Positive Comments

  • "I'm Ryan and I'm a girl I think it's super dumb how peolpe say it's a guy's name. Every adult I meet tells me that it's a really cute name for a girl." Oct. 4, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a girl. This is not my name but I WISH IT WAS! I think Ryan is a very cute name for a girl, especially more tom-boy type girls. But even for feminine girls, I think it's very cute. My name is Reagan, but my parents almost named me Ryan and I really wish they would've. I love the name and I think it would've suited me really well. I'm probably going to change my name to Ryan or Ryann when I turn 18." Oct. 16, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and I am a 42 year old woman. During the time I was born, girls having a boy?s name was not common. I did get tons of negative remarks from kids and adults and hated it then. As I got older I realized how unique and different it was and now I absolutely love it! I get compliments all the time now on my name and wouldn?t change it for the world!" Oct. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Well my name is Ryan and so is my mom's brother name to but the funny thing is that we both play soccer also my mom always says are you not a girl" Mar. 15, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My 10 year old daughter has this name and she has a love hate relationship with it. Most people love it but there are the random "it's a boy's name" comments (eye roll). Every female Ryan I ever known was beautiful and intelligent, my daughter included. Love the name." Dec. 28, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Funny my story is the same as the first one. I fell in love with Ryan's Hope. My first child I named Ryan in 1983. Never heard it as a girls name before that. She has always fit into her name. She loves it and so do many others. Glad I went with it. Ryan Maria." Oct. 13, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ryan Christiana after meeting another girl named Ryan. Her mom said she'd fallen in love with it after watching Ryan's Hope, the soap opera. My daughter has had mixed feelings about it but likes it now that she's 20. A lot of girls have told me how much they love it. We've met two other girl Ryans. I don't regret naming her Ryan at all!" Aug. 26, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ryan sounds feminine, actually named that end with ?an? like Karen, Marilyn, Lauren are girl names so why animosity from the Ryan haters!" Apr. 27, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I have always been in love with the name Auryan, but over the years have shortened it to Ryan. Reading a lot of reviews both negative and positive, but I still think its a beautiful, unique name that shortens well. I'll be welcoming Ryan Rose in June :)" Jan. 30, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter who was born in1988 Ryane Elaine. Elaine after my mother. She HATED her name when she was elementary school age and actually decided she was Ry Ann instead. Now she is 30 a professional career woman and she absolutely loves her name. My name is Robin which is a gender neutral name. In Europe males named Robin far exceed females. I?ve never minded." Dec. 26, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "My Son Ryan Daniel passed away in 2014. His sister had a little boy in 2017. His name is Colter Ryan. His other sister is going to have a little girl later this year and plans on naming her Ryan. They are still working on a middle name at this time. They both wanted to honer the little brother they lost. I think it's a beautiful, strong, bold name. Boy or girl." Apr. 23, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "I am planning to use it, if I have a girl. Even though I despise popular names, I just love this one that much. No moe Ryan Elizabeth's though, that combo has be used to death. There are other middle names ppl!!" Jul. 26, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughters name is Ryan Nicole and I absolutely love the name!!" May. 15, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "People put too much emphasis on masculine & feminine. Many people are neither or both -- depending on their mood. Emphasis should be placed on personality rather than genitals for how masculine or feminine a person is -- the name means nothing, because they are named at birth before personality is known. There is an unintentional brainwashing that happens in cultures. Labels are not inherently male or female -- we put those meanings on the name ourselves. I think when a kid reaches 12 they should be able to pick their own name -- like a new coming-of-age ritual. I changed my entire name, not because I didn't like it, but because I needed to do something to actively reject my parents (they were not good people). The different name on my birth certificate says "I'm not like them"." Dec. 1, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Why would anyone think this isn't a good name for a girl? It's great. My grandbaby is named Ryan Elizabeth (I see that this combination is very popular on this page) and the name totally suits her. She is named after her great grandparents." Apr. 28, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "i love the name Ryan for a girl. i plan on naming my future daughter Ryan" Feb. 12, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and I am male. I met a girl named Ryan and she was beautiful. We are now married and when I introduce us I say "Hi, I'm Ryan Richter and so is this."" Jan. 5, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "I babysit a five year old boy, and one day on the playground he told me he met a friend named Ryan. Assuming it was a boy, I told him to bring him over to say hi, and he said "Not him, Ryan is a girl." When I met Ryan, she was the cutest and sweetest little girl and the name Ryan fit her perfectly! I love the name for a girl now, and am even considering the name for my future daughter :)" Aug. 18, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ryyan I named my daughter Ryyan she is now 7 her name is Ryyan Sanai . I just changed it a tad bit." Aug. 25, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Ryann Grace. LOVE the name. She has an Aunt Ryan and she loves her name, so does her boyfriend, he says it so awesome! We didn't want our daughters name to be called in kindergarten and have 3 girls stand up. We want her to be unique. We did go with a very popular middle name, there are 4 Grace's in her class, 2 Sophia's, 2 mackenzie's but only one Ryann. No boy Ryan's either. I will be feeling for all the little Bentley's being born thanks to the show Teen Mom. I would love to have someone try to slap me in the head for what I name my child. How about that person go slap his or her parents in the head for breeding!" Aug. 9, 2012: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ryan for a fact that is what I plan on naming my little girl, due in January." Nov. 11, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "my teacher named her daughter Ryan Michell French Ryan's is a 4 grade teacher at Stonewall Tell ES im the girl who left the comment about the name Kaia on November 8,2009" Nov. 8, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter is Ryan Elizabeth and I love the name. Simple, modern and beautiful. It suits her perfectly." Jul. 6, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "My grandaughter is going to be named Ryan (Feb) only her mother changed the spelling to Ryann. I'm the one who suggested the spelling and now I'm sorry. I want Ryan." Jan. 19, 2009: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter Ryen 11 years ago. I had the name picked out when I was in Jr. High. The first time she met a boy with the same name, she thought it was so funny he had a girl's name. She is plenty feminine and she loves her name-it is unique and fits her perfectly." Jul. 7, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think "Rian" is a more feminine spelling of this name." Mar. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "My daughter's name is Ryan. She is a beautiful, Irish girl and a Celtic name suits her nicely." Feb. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love it as a boy or girls name. I have a famale friend Ryan and it is beautiful on her." Oct. 9, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think the name Rayn is awesome for a girl. Unique enough that no one in her class will have, but not so much that no one knows how to say it." Oct. 4, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Rian and I had to grow into it... but I'm glad I did and I wouldn't change it for anything!" Jan. 22, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I named my daughter Ryan 18 years ago and she's had a love/hate relationship with it. Now that she is older she likes it more although we just got her dorm roommate assignment's a boy!" Jul. 21, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      7 Negative Comments

  • "While Ryan is a great name for boys. IT'S NOT A GIRLS NAME! NEW BRAIN = BYE BYE GIRL RYAN BUT NOT BYE BYE FOR BOY RYAN ANGRY FACE" Dec. 28, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "It means Little King in Irish so it cannot be a girls name" Apr. 8, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "Once male names start being given to girls, they stop being given to boys." Mar. 29, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is Ryan, and he is a little baby boy and doesn't like getting teased for having a girls name. This is worse than naming a boy McKenzie" Jun. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My friend's name is Ryan and he is a little babby boy and doesn't like getting teased for having a girl's name" Jun. 16, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "The name is masculine in Irish and means young king. Kings are never women." Jun. 5, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "Why are so many people naming their daughters Ryan? it is way-to-masculine" Dec. 21, 2008: Report as inappropriate

      25 Neutral Comments

  • "My name is Ryan. So many people tell me how pretty it is for a girl. Honestly I think it sounds more like a girl's name. Alot of people at places will be like "Ok what's his.." I hate that but whatever I don't like how people just asume Ryan is only for boys." May. 24, 2021: Report as inappropriate

  • "I think that is a nice name for For a girl or a boy it?s society make people feel that way unisex names should be unisex . It?s not right for a childTo be confused with society thinking. Stop addressing people incorrectly when it could be a boy or girl name.How do you think boys or girls feel whenSociety telling people it?s a girl name or a boy name when he could be both.Make people aware .Stop assuming is a boy name or girl name and let them let you know whether it?s a boy or a girl.It?s too many unisex names out here now light Parker , Logan , Courtney, Avery, Terry, Jordan,So many names so stop leaving people and telling people whether it?s a boy or girl it?s society fault" Sep. 19, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Love it! Too pretty but ok for a boys name too. Unique and very cool for a girl!" May. 29, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Rhyan and I am a girl. My mother put the ?h? there to make my name more feminine looking. But in the honest truth, no name is feminine or masculine. It is just a name. People can tell me a hundred times that it?s a boy?s name but it is not. It is my name and I?m proud to have it." Apr. 18, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Rhyan and I am a girl. My mother put the ?h? there to make my name more feminine looking. But in the honest truth, no name is feminine or masculine. It is just a name. People can tell me a hundred times that it?s a boy?s name but it is not. It is my name and I?m proud to have it." Apr. 18, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and I?m a girl. I?m currently in the 8th grade and i never really like my name but I?ve never been teased for it until this year from 1 annoying boy in my class who everyday if I say anything will just say:YOUR NAME IS RyAN!! Your parents were probably high when they named you. So yea it?s rough right now and I?m hoping I?ll like it when I?m older :(" Feb. 15, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan Delaney and I hate my name to the moon and back if I could change it I would do it in a heart beat" Jun. 23, 2019: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and lm a girl so it can be a girls name I love my name it?s unique" Aug. 1, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ryan is a boys name and the only other way to spell it is Rian" Jul. 29, 2017: Report as inappropriate

  • "I've had a lot of confusion with my name being Ryan, but to be honest I love having an unique name that fits me to a T! I sometimes forget my middle name is Nicole haha" Jun. 6, 2016: Report as inappropriate

  • "My son's name is Ryan. My beautiful grandaughter was born in 2003. They named her Ryan Elizabeth after her daddy and her other grandmother. When she started elementary she was asked a few times by other children, "isn't Ryan a boys name"?, she would just answer , "it's a boy or a girls name". She loves her name, she loves that she was named after her dad, no one teases her, several of her friends have mentioned that they really like her name. As for me and my 2 Ryan's, I love them both." Aug. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "This is the worst name that you can give to a girl. Ryan is a strong masculine name." Jun. 12, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our daughter in 2002, Ryinn Alexus. Love that name for a girl!" Apr. 13, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name Is Ryan Elizabeth. It was my grandmothers maiden name and I love it! Thanks MOM :)" Mar. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ryan is a boy name. There is nothing feminine about this name." Feb. 14, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is Ryan and I am a girl. I hate it. I've been reading a lot of negative comments on how it is strictly are a guys name and it has made me feel even worse but I get teased at school and even when I first met ppl. it works for some girls just not me" Feb. 3, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan but im 11 years old i love the name,kinda sorta" Oct. 2, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ryane. I named my daughter Ryane Samantha. Everyone I meet loves her name and I can't imagine her with another name. She is five right now. We talk about how there are no other Ryane's. There are lots of Madi's and Sophia's?.She is the one and only Ryane. I love it because it's not too girlie-" May. 22, 2014: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ryan is actually my name! I've always loved my name." Apr. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Ryan is actually my name! I've always loved my name." Apr. 20, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "my name is ryann, i am a girl and i stuggled with my name being that people would call me ry ann even though the extra n is silent i am named after my dad and i love my name" Oct. 17, 2011: Report as inappropriate

  • "My sister's name is Rhyan and my parents loved that name but wanted to make it more feminine so they added the "H" she always gets mistaken for a boy thoughh!" Nov. 12, 2010: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Ryan and i am a 24 year old woman. I am proud of the name my parents gave me. People always think im lieing to them. haha. It's unique and special and honestly wouldnt trade it for another.." Dec. 13, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "I love the name Ryan, but NOT for a girl! It's not feminine at all. If I saw the name Ryan on a roll sheet, I would assume it was a boy. I would not put my daughter through that!" Apr. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm a female Ryan. I hated it and was teased as a child but now at 23 I love it!" Jun. 8, 2005: Report as inappropriate

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