In the past, Ryan was a surname that came from the Old Irish clan name O‘Rian which meant ‘a descendant of the Rian'. The diminutive ‘ri’ means ‘king’ in Irish Gaelic, and the suffix ‘an’ is used to signify someone younger, a descendant. Thus, the meaning of Ryan is ‘little king’ or ‘descendant of the king’. Ancient Ireland saw this name being used to signify ‘royal’ or ‘elite’ status by the clans. The 10th century King Rian, an Irish ruler who ruled over an area near South Leinster, is one of the earliest owners of this name. His name was later anglicised and has been popular since. This Irish name has become popular in Hollywood. Ryan Gosling of 'The Notebook', Ryan Reynolds of 'Deadpool' and television presenter Ryan Seacrest are just some who are called this name.