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Gender: M Meaning of Ryan: "little king" Origin of Ryan: Irish Ryan's Popularity in 2012: #26

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Ryan has been one of the most popular Irish names in America for decades; it had been in the Top 20 since 1976, and still stands at Number 26, even though parents now have such a wide choice of Irish surnames, from Flynn to Finnigan, and newer Ry names like Ryder. Ryan (born Patrick) O'Neal first brought it to light in the mid-1960s, when parents saw it as a fresher and more spirited alternative to names like Brian and Kevin. In recent years, Ryan has taken off as a girl's name.

Several male marquee Ryans still keep the name in the spotlight--think Ryan Seacrest, Ryan Reynolds, Ryan Gosling and Ryan Philippe.

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Famous People Named Ryan

Ryan Seacrest, American television host
Ryan Philippe, American actor
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Ryan O'Neal, American actor
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Ryan Gosling, Canadian actor
Ryan Kelly, Irish singer
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Ryan Tannehill, American football player
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Pop Culture References for the Name Ryan

Ryan Evans- The High School Musical Trilogy
Ryan Atwood, character from "The O.C"
Ryan Wolfe - CSI: Miami
Ryan Newman, from TV series "Wilfred" played by Elijah Wood
Ryan Walker, from movie "Boys and Girls"
Ryan Dunne, from movie "Summer Catch"

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