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Gender: M Meaning of Ryder: "cavalryman, messenger" Origin of Ryder: British surname Ryder's Popularity in 2014: #95

Ryder, one of the current favorite er-ending boys' names, has been in the spotlight since Kate Hudson and her rocker husband Chris Robinson chose it for their son in 2004; it has jumped nearly seven hundred places in the past decade, now at a high Number 95, in the top 100 for the first time. Very popular in several provinces of Canada, Ryder was chosen by John Leguzamo for his son and adorns Boy Meets World star Ryder Strong.

In the past, Ryder was much more prevalent as a surname, as in American Old Master painter Albert Pinkham Ryder and Brideshead Revisited protagonist Charles Ryder. Not all came by it legitimately, however--Winona Ryder was born Winona Horowitz.

Trivia note: The Ryder Cup is a biennial golf tournament with competing teams from Europe and the US.

Famous People Named Ryder

Ryder Windham, American novelist
(Eric) Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian cyclist
Ryder Matos (Santos), Brazilian footballer
Ryder Fieri, son of TV chef Guy Fieri
Ryder Russell Robinson (b. 2004), son of actress Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson
Ryder Wilkinson, quintuplet son of Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson

Pop Culture References for the name Ryder

Ryder Scanlon, character on TV's "Melissa & Joey"
Ryder Lynn, character on TV's "Glee"
Ryder Callahan, character on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
Lance "Ryder" Wilson, character in video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas"
Ryder, character on TV's "PAW Patrol"
Ryder, main character in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled"
Red Ryder, cowboy character
Ryder, character in Marvel Comics
Ryder, truck rental company
Honey Ryder, British band
Ryder Cup, golf tournament