Ryan Family History
Ryan Name Meaning
Irish: shortened form of O'Ryan an Anglicized form of Ó Riaghain (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Riaghan’ a personal name probably based on the word rí ‘king’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland though there has been considerable confusion with Regan . Irish: shortened from Mulryan (Ó Maoilriaghain). Irish: from Ó Ruaidhín or Ó Ruadháin ‘descendant of the little red one’ more usually Anglicized Rowan . Americanized form of German Rein . Norwegian: habitational name from the farm name Ryan in Trøndelag of obscure origin.
Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press