Quick Facts on Ryann
- American, Irish
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Etymology & Historical Origin - Ryann
Ryann is an American modification to the classic Irish masculine name Ryan (which has since become unisex in the United States). By adding that extra “n” to the end of Ryann, the name achieves a new level of femininity. And that was probably the point. Ryan ultimately comes from the Irish clan name O’Riain (descendent of Rían and pronounced “ree-an” in its mother tongue). The name was formed from the Irish-Gaelic elements “Rí” meaning “king” plus the diminutive suffix “-an” and so means “little king”. In the days of ancient and medieval Ireland the name Rían was likely given in order to imply some type of “royal” stature within the chiefdoms or clans. The surname may find one of its roots in a 10th century Irish King Rían of a territory in South Leinster; the clan name was later anglicized to Ryan and the surname is still quite popular in Ireland today (especially in the cities of Carlow, Tipperary and Limerick). The family motto states: “"I would rather die than be disgraced" which is pretty honorable stuff if you ask us. As a forename, Ryan is considered unisex in the United States, but elsewhere in the English speaking world Ryan is regarded as exclusively masculine. Ryan is ultra-popular in the Gaelic-influenced nations of Northern Ireland, Ireland and Scotland where it’s ranked inside the Top 10 most favorite for the little lads. As a boy’s name, it’s also highly ranked in Canada (#13), Australia (#23), the United States (#25), England (#30) and the Netherlands (#41). Remarkably, Ryan is also ranked at position #100 in France. Only the Irish male names Aidan/Aiden and Liam can claim such widespread and consistent popular usage of a name throughout the English-speaking world. Some American parents who like this name for a girl may opt for the Ryann spelling to make it look a little more girly.
Popularity of the Name Ryann
For boys, the little Irish king called Ryan came into U.S. circulation in the 1940s. Later in the mid-1970s, the name was adopted by American parents for their baby girls. At first, usage of the name Ryan for girls was largely influenced by a soap opera series called “Ryan’s Hope” (1975-1989). In the 1977 season of the daytime series a baby girl was named Ryan on the show (in real life, Ryan soared nearly 500 positions on the female charts between 1977 and 1978). By the 1980s American parents were loosening their notions about gender-neutrality when it came to name selection. Especially for baby girls. A lot of parents like unisex sounding names for their daughters, and Ryan is a perfect example of a successful gender-neutral name nationwide. Once Ryan was firmly cemented as a girl’s name in America, the feminized spelling of Ryann joined the party in the late 1990s. It’s not as popular as the traditionally spelled Ryan, but it is another option.
Popularity of the Girl Name Ryann
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ryann
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ryann
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Popular Songs on Ryann
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Children's Books on the Baby Name Ryann
Little Ryann Wiggletoes (Chris Offenburger Walsh) - This book tells of a young girl spending time each day dressing up to pretend she is a different grown up person each day of the week. Its purpose is to encourage imaginative play and to recognize that little girls can have goals and dreams at a very early age. Recommended for ages 3-6.
Ryann (Paul Dorset) - Living during a time when children were sold as indentured servants, Ryann must find a way to buy her freedom before the bullying son of her lord and master exacts a deathly vengeance upon her. The castle at Walthern is inhabited by lords and soldiers, potion-makers and sclavas; all trying to eke out an existence in an unforgiving country laid waste by battle. With only a tattered yellow nightdress, two dark brown dresses, and a small assortment of odds and ends, what chance does Ryann have of beating the odds? Recommended for ages 9-12.
Ryann in the Sky (Jammie Kern) - "Ryann in the Sky," a young adult short story, kicks off the Mythology High series of twelve myths, modernized with tales of teenage angst and overcoming odds. In Jammie Kern's beautifully-written tale of Orion, we meet Ryann, a six-foot star volleyball player, both grieving for her father, and dealing with the demands of being the captain of the volleyball team on its way to the state championship and the scholarship offers a title could bring. But the athlete's best friend wants the limelight for herself. In this well-constructed tale, we get all the symbolism of the original Orion tale spiked with teen drama and true emotion. Jammie Kern is an emerging author to watch. Kindle. Recommended for ages young adult.
Ryann Watters and the Shield of Faith (Eric Reinhold) - Ryann, Liddy, and Terell each encounter a mysterious, glowing blue light while on summer vacation, drawing them back to Mount Dora, Florida. Is it a sign for their return to Aeliana? What about the ancient book on dragons Liddy discovers in her attic? And how will they recover the shield of faith, as requested by the archangel Gabriel? Return to Aeliana as supernatural battle lines are drawn as the white unicorn assembles “the Chosen” to battle Narcissus and the Hugons, a race of half human-half dragon creatures. Recommended for ages 10-14.
Famous People Named Ryann
Famous People Named Ryann - Ryann O'Toole (golfer)
Children of Famous People Named Ryann
Famous People Who Named Their Daughter Ryann - We cannot find any celebrities or famous people who have named their child Ryann.
Ryann - Girl Baby Name - Historic Figures
Ryann - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Ryann.
Personality of the Girl Name Ryann
The number Nine personality represents the completion or ending of the cycle, and a need for perfection. This is the personality that moves from "self" to a greater understanding and compassion for the human condition and the world order. They want to make the world a better place. Nines are capable of great spiritual and humanitarian achievements. They are courageous and fearless, able to fight great battles on behalf of worthy causes. These personalities will not tolerate injustice. They are compassionate people with a strong sensitivity to others. They are able to both educate and inspire. Friendships and relationships are the lifeblood to the Nine, and they place a high value on love and affection. Nines are often exceptionally gifted artistically, and they have a keen imagination and enterprising mind.
Variations of the Baby Name - Ryann