Ryan , the free dictionary

See also: ryaŋ


Alternative forms[edit]


  • IPA(key): /ˈɹaɪən/
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  • Rhymes: -aɪən

Proper noun[edit]

Ryan (countable and uncountable, plural Ryans)

  1. A surname
    1. A surname from Irish, anglicized from Ó Riaghain, Ó Riain (descendant of Riaghan, Rían). Riaghan/Rían is perhaps from (king) + -án (diminutive suffix), meaning “little king”.
    2. A surname from Irish, an alternate anglicization of Ó Maoilriaghain, Ó Maoilriain (Mulryan).
    3. A surname from Irish, a rare anglicization of Ó Ruadháin, Ó Ruaidhín (Rowan, Rouine).
    4. A surname from Irish, a rare anglicization of Ó Sraitheáin, Ó Sruitheáin, Ó Srutháin (Strachan, Strahan).
  2. A unisex given name
    1. A male given name
      1. A male given name transferred from the surname, popular in English-speaking countries from the 1970s to the 1990s.
      2. A male given name from Arabic رَيَّان(rayyān). Sometimes written and pronounced as Ryan in English due to the phonetic similarity with the Arabic name.
    2. A female given name
      1. A female given name transferred from the surname, of 1970s and later usage.
      2. A female given name of 1970s and later usage, variant of Rhian.
  3. A placename
    1. A locale in Australia.
      1. A suburb of Mount Isa, Queensland; named for Dr. Joseph Ryan, medical superintendent of the local hospital during WWII.
      2. A village in New South Wales.
    2. A locale in the United States.
      1. A city in Iowa.
      2. A city in Oklahoma; named for early settler and rancher Stephen W. Ryan.
      3. An unincorporated community in California; named for borax industry businessman John Ryan.
      4. An unincorporated community in Minnesota.
      5. An unincorporated community in Illinois.
      6. An unincorporated community in West Virginia; named for early settler and minister Thomas P. Ryan.
      7. A ghost town in Washington; named for early settler Henry Ryan.


  • 1989, Garrison Keillor, We Are Still Married: Lonely Boy, →ISBN, page 308:
    "By the way, I forgot your name," she said. I bit off half a burger and chewed it slowly, thinking fast. I didn't think she'd be impressed with the name Wiscnek so I gave her a name I made up when I was little, Ryan Tremaine, a name I used when I played detective. She said, "That's such a beautiful name."
  • 1999, D.W.Buffa, The Defense, →ISBN, page 109:
    He never shortened my first name because he never used it. It was part of his perpetual rebellion against West Coast informality. The barber who cut his hair still thought his first name was Ryan because that was the only name he had given the first time he called for an appointment.

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From English Ryan, from Irish.

Proper noun[edit]


  1. a male given name from Irish


For quotations using this term, see Citations:Ryan.


Proper noun[edit]

Ryan m

  1. a male given name from English, equivalent to English Ryan