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Gender: M Meaning of Ryder: "cavalryman, messenger" Origin of Ryder: British surname Ryder's Popularity in 2013: #103

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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 103. 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.

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Famous People Named Ryder

Ryder Windham, American author
Rider King Strong, American actor
Ryder Hesjedal, Canadian professional cyclist
Ryder Fieri, son of TV chef Guy Fieri
Ryder Russell Robinson (b. 2004), son of actress Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson
Serena Ryder, Canadian singer
Ryder Wilkinson, son of Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson (one of the quintuplets)

Pop Culture References for the Name Ryder

Ryder Scanlon, a character on "Melissa & Joey"
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Flynn Rider, a main character in Disney's "Tangled"
Ryder Lynn , character on TV show "Glee"
Zack Ryder, Stage name of WWE superstar Matt Cardona