British surname
"cavalryman, messenger"

Ryder Origin and Meaning

The name Ryder is a boy's name of British origin meaning "cavalryman, messenger".

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. 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.

# 129 in the US

Ryder Rank in US Top 1000

# 397 on Nameberry

Ryder Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Ryder Popularity

Famous People Named Ryder

  • Ryder WindhamAmerican novelist
  • (Eric) Ryder HesjedalCanadian cyclist
  • Ryder Matos (Santos)Brazilian footballer
  • Ryder SmythAustralian actor
  • Ryder RichardsAmerican conceptual artist
  • Ryder Buck (b. 1990)late son of director Chris Buck
  • Ryder Lee "Lucas" Leguizamo (b. 2000)son of actor John Leguizamo
  • Ryder Russell Robinson (b. 2004)son of actress Kate Hudson and musician Chris Robinson
  • Ryder Resnikoffyoungest son of Meg Resnikoff, co,founder of YouTube channel "whatsupmoms"
  • Ryder Newbery (b. 2006)son of divers Robert and Chantelle Newbery
  • Ryder Fieri (b. 2006)son of TV chef Guy Fieri
  • Ryder (b. 2007)son of singer and "American Idol" finalist Megan Joy
  • Ryder Wilkinson (b. 2007)quintuplet son of Rachelle and Jayson Wilkinson
  • Ryder Evan Russaw (b. 2007)son of singer Faith Evans and Todd Russaw
  • Ryder LaBarbera (b. 2009)son of ice hockey player and TV personalities Jason and Kodette LaBarbera ("Hockey Wives")
  • Ryder Carpenter (b. 2009)son of IndyCar racing driver Ed Carpenter
  • Ryder Vogelsong (b. 2010)son of baseball player Ryan Vogelsong
  • Ryder Williams (b. 2011)son of singer J. Williams
  • Ryder James Osmond (b. 2013)grandson of singer Donny Osmond
  • Ryder Jace Ellison (b. 2013)son of motorcycle racer James Ellison
  • Ryder Jackson Hurst (b. 2015)son of actor Jackson Hurst
  • Ryder Falcon (b. 2017)son of country star Rodney Atkins

Ryder in Pop Culture

  • Ryder Scanloncharacter on Freeform's "Melissa & Joey"
  • Ryder Lynncharacter on Fox's "Glee"
  • Ryder Callahancharacter on American soap "The Young and the Restless"
  • Ryder Asa Fordcharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Lance "Ryder" Wilsoncharacter in video game "Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas"
  • Rydercharacter on Nickelodeon's "PAW Patrol"
  • Rydermain character in Kazuo Ishiguro's "The Unconsoled"
  • Red Rydercowboy character
  • Rydercharacter in Marvel Comics
  • Rydertruck rental company
  • Honey RyderBritish band
  • Ryder Cupgolf tournament