Ryan Family History

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Ryan Name Meaning

Irish: simplified form of Mulryan. Irish: reducednform of O’Ryan, an Anglicized form of Gaelic ÓnRiagháin (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant ofnRian’; Ó Maoilriain ‘descendant ofnMaoilriaghain’, or Ó Ruaidhín ‘descendant of thenlittle red one’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland;nthere has been considerable confusion with Regan. KaM Americanized spelling of German Rein. EG

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press

Similar surnames: Cryan, Yan, Rhyan, Bryan, Gean, Ryon, Ryans, Ronan, Bean, Ryant

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Ryan Family Origin

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Ryan Family Occupations

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In 1921, Farmer and Housekeeper were the top reported jobs for men and women in the CA named Ryan. 24% of Ryan men worked as a Farmer and 11% of Ryan women worked as a Housekeeper. Some less common occupations for Americans named Ryan were Clerk and Student

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Top Male Occupations in 1921

  • Farmer
  • Labourer
  • Laborer
  • Clerk

Top Female Occupations in 1921

  • Housekeeper
  • Stenographer
  • Clerk
  • Student

*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Ryan Historical Records

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Census Record

There are 1 million census records available for the last name Ryan. Like a window into their day-to-day life, Ryan census records can tell you where and how your ancestors worked, their level of education, veteran status, and more.

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Passenger List

There are 250,000 immigration records available for the last name Ryan. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in Canada, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 212,000 military records available for the last name Ryan. For the veterans among your Ryan ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Ryan Life Expectancy

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Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, Ryan life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1945, and highest in 2004. The average life expectancy for Ryan in 1940 was 62, and 75 in 2004.

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