Gender: Male Meaning of Ryker: "rich" Origin of Ryker: German Ryker's Popularity in 2018: #122

Ryker Origin and Meaning

The name Ryker is a boy's name of German origin meaning "rich".

As a stylish name, Ryker has three big things going for it: its Ry beginning (as in Riley, Ryder, and Rylan), its two-syllable rhythm, and its er ending. A nice surprise for many is it's "rich" meaning. While this may not be a factor beyond New York City, there is an infamous prison there called Riker's Island. Ryker is one of the trendiest German names for boys in the US.

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Rank in US: #122

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ParanoidAndroid Says:


This name is better left as a surname or a middle name at most. Unless your child is going to be a skateboarder who slings crack outside of a 7/11, skip "Ryker" or the even more ridiculous "Ryder".

NovaRaya Says:


It doesn't sound like a name to me. If you must name your child Ryker, write a more official -sounding name on his birth certificate, that way he doesn't have to live with such a juvenile name for the rest of his life.

JRideout Says:


I always think of the prison and I'm not even American. It sounds so harsh to me. A woman called her son that in the store the other day and I cringed involuntarily. Just seems like it has many sharp edges.

Jillybean722 Says:


Automatically think of the third reich every time I hear this name. Same goes for anyone I've mentioned it to and the fact that it's German does not help. Besides all that, it's one of those wannabe edgy boys names that people roll their eyes at. Kinda like Jax or Blade.

hermioneameliastyles Says:


I prefer the spelling Riker. I like this name because of Riker Lynch and when he was on Dancing With The Stars, he wowed me. I would totally use this name with that spelling.

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shelbynh Says:


Very trendy sounding

Reina Says:


This is my 7 year olds name! My husband and I loved it from the first moment we heard it, and it totally fits our son!!

lillian23 Says:


Feels overly trendy and even a bit dated to me. I think it's the combination of the R, Y and K sounds (which feel overused or misused in Kreaytive spellings).

Rush1986 Says:


First Lieutenant William Riker. Number One. That is all i think about when i hear this name.

Indianawinter Says:


Sounds like someone tried to combine Ryan and Parker together.. Not a good combination. Makes me think the kid was named after a rake in the garden. Just sounds like someone tried to be unique but the name ended up sounding ridiculous. Ryan and Parker by themselves are great names

Zelliew Says:


81% prefer Ryker to Rowdy........Well that wasn't much opposition, was it ? They are both awful

Zelliew Says:


I don't like the sound of this name

esita Says:


Sounds like a jail.

Hallie Says:


I am german and usually love german names but for some reason Ryker just isn't that cute to me

Kryu Says:


I think of William Riker from Star Trek The Next Generation! This is my future son's name!

debd14 Says:


I totally think of the prison and cringe when I hear this name.

Guest Says:


I think an alternative that wouldn't remind people of "infamous New York jail" and has a softer sound would be Ryerson like the university in Canada. It's a bunch of trends rolled into one yet still has a scholarly connection and it's unique!

jordalini Says:


I like this name, because I'm a trekkie and Ryker is awesome.

clairels Says:


Not everybody has that association. That said, meet my daughters, Attica and Singsing.

Caspra VanDusen Says:


People name their kids Freddie or Jason when all that reminds me of is a horror movie... Or Shyloh after a beagle, and there are plenty of other names that make some people think of certain things... My sons name is Ryker, and I love it... It means rich in German too...

Giinkies Says:


Same here, all I think of is the prison when I hear/see Ryker.

ChelseyRae Says:


My son is nearly seven years old and named Ryker LeRoy Vincent. I'm still happy I chose it. :)

Guest Says:


I hear "New York City Department of Correction", sorry it's indefensible to me

NaomiNY Says:


I like this name; it sounds cool :) In my opinion, this would be great as a middle name.

orphanedhanyou Says:


this wouldn't be naming a kid after a prison, because the prison is called RIKERS, different spelling & pleural.
and even then it'd be after the person the prison was named after: 'The island is thought to be named after Abraham Rycken, a Dutch settler who moved to Long Island in 1638 and whose descendants owned Rikers Island until 1884, when it was sold to the city for $180,000.'

Riker would be naming a kid after Commander Riker from Star Trek

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