Tracing your Irish ancestry – The Ryan Clan

The Ryan family crest: Fun facts and history behind your Irish family name.

Irish derivation: Ó Riain

Name meaning: "Descendant of Rían (little red one/little king disputed)" 

Counties associated with the name: Carlow, Tipperary, Limerick

Coat of arms motto: "I would rather die than be disgraced"

Interesting facts: 

- It is just as popular a first name as it is a surname.

- The other major Ryan root is that deriving from Rian, the mid-10th century King of the territory Ui Cinsealaigh in South Leinster.

Some famous Ryans:

- Francis T. Ryan (1862 - 1927, American Medal of Honor recipient)

- Harold M. Ryan (1911-2007, US Representative from Michigan)

- Gerry Ryan (1956-2010, Irish radio personality)

- Meg Ryan (1961, American actress)

- Rex Ryan (1962, NY Jets head coach)

- TJ Ryan (1876-1921, Premier of Queensland)