This name derives from the Irish surname “Ó Riain” from the Old Irish “RÍ” (King), thus the name means "Little King". This name has been popular in all English-speaking countries from the 1970s to the 1990s as both a male and female given name. The name Ryan is now one of the thirty most popular names in the united states. For Ireland, information is available for 2005 and 2006, which shows a popularity rank of 10th and 14th, respectively, for use of "Ryan" as a male given name for new-born children. The name first appeared in the top-thousand in 1974 and has remained there since, fluctuating widely from year to year but never breaching the rank of 300.