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Ryan Family History

Ryan Name Meaning
Irish: simplified form of Mulryan.Irish: reduced form of O’Ryan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic Ó Riagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Rian’; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant of Maoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of the little red one’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland; there has been considerable confusion with Regan.Americanized spelling of German Rein.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

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201,346 Military Records
231,483 Immigration Records
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Name Distribution of Ryan Families

  • Number of Ryan families
     3,143 - 6,284
     1,048 - 3,142
     1 - 1,047
     
    from the 1920 US Federal Census Data
  • Number of Ryan families
     1,340 - 2,677
     447 - 1,339
     1 - 446
     
    from the 1891 England and Wales Census Data
  • Number of Ryan families
     187 - 371
     63 - 186
     1 - 62
     
    from the 1891 Scotland Census Data

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Ryan Family Origin

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Ryan Immigration Information

from the New York Passenger Lists

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Average Life Expectancy for Ryan

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Ryan Family Occupations

from 1880 Federal Census Data

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