Last name: RYAN

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RYAN : This last name is indexed 568,710 times on Geneanet!

Origin of last name

RYAN : 1: 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.2: Irish: shortened from Mulryan (Ó Maoilriaghain).3: Irish: from Ó Ruaidhín or Ó Ruadháin ‘descendant of the little red one’ more usually Anglicized Rowan.4: Americanized form of German Rein.5: Norwegian: habitational name from the farm name Ryan in Trøndelag of obscure origin.

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