Last name: Ryan
This fine Irish surname, chiefly recorded in the Munster counties of Tipperary and Limerick, is an Anglicized form of the Old Gaelic "O'Maoilriain", descendant of Maolriain, a male given name, the first element of which has two possible interpretations. Firstly, "maol" may derive from the pagan Irish "mal", chief, related to the Welsh "mail", hero, and secondly, it may stem from "maol", literally meaning "bald, tonsured, but probably used here in the transferred sense of "devotee". The second element "rian" is so ancient that its meaning is obscure, however, it is believed to come from "rian", an Old irish word for "water", thus connecting the name with the cult of a water deity; hence, "heroes of Rian", or, "worshippers of Rian". The "O'Maoilriain" sept was located in Owney, formerly called Owney O'Mulryan, which forms two modern baronies on the borders of Counties Limerick and Tipperary. Mulryan and Ryan are now usually written as "O'Riain" in Gaelic, however, this is more accurately the name of a Leinster sept who descend from Lathaoir Mor, 2nd Century King of Leinster; the chief of this sept was lord of Ui Drone in County Carlow. The Ryan (O'Mulryan) Coat of Arms is a red shield with three silver griffins' heads erased. On September 1st 1865, the birth of Cornelius, son of John and Mary Ryan, was registered at Inishannon, County Cork. The first recorded spelling of the family name is shown to be that of O'Maoilriain, which was dated circa 14th Century, in "Medieval Records of County Tipperary", during the reign of Gerald, Earl of Desmond, 1369 - 1374. Surnames became necessary when governments introduced personal taxation. In England this was known as Poll Tax. Throughout the centuries, surnames in every country have continued to "develop" often leading to astonishing variants of the original spelling.
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My grandfather's grandfather was born in delaware USA on or about 1830. James Ryan's parents are not on record where I have searched. It would be cool to find out if they were the original immigrants or which generation was.....still searching
I'm native irish and I'm a Ryan. A national initiave at the minute is to have 'Gatherings'. Any excuse will do to be honest. Someone has come up with the idea of a Ryan Gathering, and sure Why Not! Link and details in my previous comment. See ye in Ireland! Willie
My grandfather tells me we came from Tuam Ireland... not sure of any details he wasn't very helpful in that department. :(
i'm second generation canadian, my grandparents came from ireland, my grandad Jim Ryan comes from clare and i have alot Ryan family in clare and tipperary.
Jeremy J Ryan sr
Leo Joseph Ryan jr was truly an true american hero. His bravely is truly amazing.
What time frame are you in ? My Carney family left Athy in 1804 bound for the USA. The wife of James Carney was Mary Ryan ;
he was from Inch and she was from Bray, both right outside Athy.
my grandfather was born in 1899 abraham and bridget left athy shortly after that for glasgow bridgets parents were john and margaret carney farm workers
My grandmother was a Ryan born in Ennis, County Clare
My maiden name is Pauline Ryan i live in Glasgow . My great grandparents Abraham Ryan and Bridget Ryan nee Carney left Athy Co Kildare when my grandfather Christopher Ryan was a baby.
my nan's maiden name was ryan...and she came from tipperary. nicee