Before Aiden and Liam came calling, Ryan was one of the most popular Irish names for boys. From 1976 to 2009, parents made Ryan an American favorite, according to Social Security Administration rankings. The name made a cheerful alternative to the hugely popular Kevin and Brian. Today the kingly Ryan consistently wins over upstarts Rylan and Ryland and is sometimes used as a girls' name too.

Famous Ryans

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Elizabeth Ryan
    Tennis Player
  • Nolan Ryan
    Baseball Player
  • Ryan Anderson
    Basketball Player
  • Ryan Gosling
  • Ryan Lochte
  • Ryan Reynolds
  • Ryan Seacrest
    TV Personality

Popularity Trend Chart

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Source: Social Security Administration

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