Gender: Male Meaning of Ryder: "cavalryman, messenger" Origin of Ryder: British surname Ryder's Popularity in 2019: #116

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.

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JossieChris Says:


This name is starting to grow on me. I don't like it for a girl only from a bullying perspective. Ride her. But with a strong last name pardon the pun this name sets up pretty nicely.