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. KaM Americanized spelling of German Rein. EG

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


Similar surnames: Cryan, Yan, Rhyan, Bryan, Gean, Ryon, Ryans, Ronan, Bean, Ryant

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Ryan Family Origin

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Ryan Family Occupations

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  • Labourer

    9%
  • Tailor

    3%
  • Laundress

    2%
  • Shoemaker

    1%

In 1881, Labourer, Tailor and Laundress were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Ryan. A less common occupation for the Ryan family was Shoemaker. The most common Ryan occupation in the UK was Labourer. 9% of Ryan's were Labourers.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Ryan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ryan in 1940 was 62, and 75 in 2004.

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