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The RYAN surname in the USA

Frequency Comparisons
Total Rank Frequency % Per million people
United States
United States (Current snapshot) 139,335 177 0.052 516
United States (1880 census) 53,198 69 0.106 1,064
Change since 1880 +86137 -108 -0.054 -548
Other Countries
Australia 25,526 17 0.156 1,562
United Kingdom 27,439 186 0.060 597
Top States for RYAN by Total
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
New York 14,407 52 0.076 759
California 11,376 237 0.034 336
Florida 8,495 173 0.053 532
Massachusetts 8,378 26 0.132 1,320
Illinois 7,712 95 0.062 621
Top States for RYAN by Frequency
State Total Rank in State Frequency % Per million people
Massachusetts 8,378 26 0.132 1,320
Vermont 759 40 0.125 1,247
Delaware 722 106 0.092 921
Rhode Island 929 56 0.089 886
New Hampshire 1,073 83 0.087 868


'A figure of zero indicates that we don't have data for this name (usually because it's quite uncommon and our stats don't go down that far). It doesn't mean that there's no-one with that name at all!

For less common surnames, the figures get progressively less reliable the fewer holders of that name there are. This data is aggregated from several public lists, and some stats are interpolated from known values. The margin of error is well over 100% at the rarest end of the table!

For less common surnames, the frequency and "per million" values may be 0 even though there are people with that name. That's because they represent less than one in a million of the population, which ends up as 0 after rounding.

It's possible for a surname to gain in rank and/or total while being less common per million people (or vice versa) as there are now more surnames in the USA as a result of immigration. In mathematical terms, the tail has got longer, with a far larger number of less common surnames.

Figures for top states show firstly the states where most people called RYAN live. This obviously tends to be biased towards the most populous states. The second set of figures show where people called RYAN represent the biggest proportion of the population. So, in this case, there are more people called RYAN in New York than any other state, but you are more likely to find a RYAN by picking someone at random in Massachusetts than anywhere else.

Classification and Origin of RYAN

Region of origin: British Isles

Country of origin: Ireland

Language of origin: Gaelic

Ethnic origin: Celtic

Religious origin: Christian

Data for religion and/or language relates to the culture in which the RYAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the language spoken, or religion practised, by the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Data for ethnic origin relates to the region and country in which the RYAN surname originated. It does not necessarily have any correlation with the ethnicity of the majority of current American citizens with that name.

Ethnic distribution of RYAN in the USA

Classification Total Percent
Asian/Pacific 892 0.64
Native American/Alaskan 585 0.42
White (Caucasian) 130,041 93.33
Black/African American 3,929 2.82
White (Hispanic) 2,257 1.62
Mixed Race 1,630 1.17

Ethnic distribution data shows the number and percentage of people with the RYAN surname who reported their ethnic background as being in these broad categories in the most recent national census.

Meaning of RYAN in historical publications

RYAN. See O'Ryan.

Lower, Mark A (1860) Patronymica Britannica: a dictionary of the family names of the United Kingdom. London: J.R. Smith. Public Domain.

Similar names to RYAN

The following names have similar spellings or pronunciations as RYAN.

This does not necessarily imply a direct relationship between the names, but may indicate names that could be mistaken for this one when written down or misheard.

Matches are generated automatically by a combination of Soundex, Metaphone and Levenshtein matching.

Potential typos for RYAN

The following words are slight variants of RYAN that are likely to be possible typos or misspellings in written material.