If you think your little boy is going to rule the stuffed animal kingdom hand over fist, then Ryan may be an appropriate name. This Irish name meaning “little king” is a perennial boys name favorite. It was huge in the 80s, and remains popular today. Recently some parents have been using it as a girls’ name, but it’s still primarily known as a name fit for a boy.


  • gaelic:
  • irish: Kingly

Alternative Spellings

Syllables: 2

Famous Namesakes:

Actor Ryan Gosling, Actor Ryan Reynolds, TV Host Ryan Seacreast, Actor Ryan Phillippe, Musician Ryan Adams, Actor Ryan O'Neal, Swimmer Ryan Lochte

Celebrity Babies:

Son of Pete Sampras, Son of Anthony Quinn, Son of Marc Anthony