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Gender: Female Meaning of Ryo: "fact, reality, understand; distant; defy" Origin of Ryo: Japanese

The name Ryo is a girl's name of Japanese origin meaning "fact, reality, understand; distant; defy". Ryo and is often added to lists like Baby Names Sure to Shock Grandma and discussed in our forums with posts like "Drop your least favorite (boys)".

From the experts:

A simple, importable Japanese name that is used for both males and females and carries a multitude of meanings depending on which character is used to denote it. While most westerners pronounced it rye-oh, its real pronunciation is closer to ree-uh. A similar male name, Ryu, means "dragon."

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Famous People Named Ryo

Ryo, singer-songwriter of the Japanese pop group Supercell
Ryo, Japanese model and actress
Ryo Fukuda, Japanese racecar driver
Ryo Kawakita, Japanese guitarist, member of Maximum the Hormone band
Ryo Hirohashi, Japanese voice actress
Ryo Horikawa, Japanese voice actor
Ryo Ishikawa , Japanese professional golfer
Ryo Kase, Japanese actor
Ryo Miyaichi, Japanese footballer
Ryo Naito, Japanese voice actor
Ryo Nishikido, Japanese singer/actor, member of pop group Kanjani8
Ryo Narita, Japanese male actor and model

Pop Culture References for the name Ryo

Ryo, main character in Jess Mowry's novel "Children Of The Night"
Ryo Akiyama, character in anime "Digimon Tamers"
Ryo Asuka, character in manga/anime "Devilman"
Ryo Bakura, character in anime "Yu-Gi-Oh!"
Ryo Hazuki, character in video game "Shenmue"
Ryo Kunieda, character in anime "Bleach"
Ryo Kurosawa, character in movie "Battle Royale II"
Ryo Kuroyanagi, character in manga/anime "Yakitate!! Japan"
Ryo Marufuji, character in anime "Yu-Gi-Oh! GX"
Ryo Misaki, character in the .Hack series
Ryo Narushima, main character of manga "Shamo"
Ryo Okayasu, character in manga/anime "Peach Girl"
Ryo Saeba (Joe Saeba), character in manga/anime "City Hunter"
Ryo Sakazaki, character in video game "Art of Fighting"
Ryo Sanada, character in anime/manga Ronin Warriors
Ryo Shirogane, character in manga/anime "Tokyo Mew Mew" (male)
Ryo Shishio, character in manga/anime "Kekkaishi"
"Tenkasei" Ryo, character in Japanese TV's "Gosei Sentai Dairanger"
Ryo Watanabe, character in video game "Need for Speed: ProStreet"
Ryo Aikawa, character in the mobile game Love Live! School Idol Festival


panne Says:


Lots of misinformation on this name. It's pronounced exactly how it's spelled, like yo with an "r" in front of it. Another close pronunciation would be "ree-OH," not "ree-uh". Also, it's more of a masculine-leaning unisex name.