Ryan Coat of Arms can be purchased on t-shirts, mugs, tote bags and stationary, including U.S. postage stamps. In addition we have other designs featuring your Ryan surname such as flags, Celtic cross, Celtic knot and more. If you would like to purchase a 8 x 10 JPG file of this coat of arms, suitable for Photo printing and framing, just Send me an Email and I will respond promptly. If you are looking for Coat of Arms for Spanish names visit Our sister store or go to Name Game for Italian names and gifts featuring national symbols and flags from around the world.

Ryan Coat of Arms
Ryan Coat of Arms

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Irish names are many and varied. Due to its thousand year history of invasion and conflict, first came the Vikings then the Norman’s and last the the protestant English. All of these groups came to Ireland to conquer her but they fell in love and stayed in Ireland. They married into the local Gaelic families and each other giving Ireland a very wide variety of surnames from all these different cultural influences. Traditional Irish names like Kearney and Doherty with Gaelic roots, Norman names such as Burke and Barry that can be traced all the way back to the 12th century, Viking names like Doyle and of course the hundreds names of Scotsmen who arrived in the 16th and 17th century.
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Most traditional Irish names come from four sources; nicknames, place names, occupation names and of course patronymic names. Conghaile the Gaelic for “valorous” became Anglicized to the Irish name Connelly. The tradition of naming  for places or landmarks is common throughout Europe. The name Cullen comes from the Gaelic for “holy tree”. The most common occupation name in Ireland is Clark which came from the occupation of church clerks. The patronymic name forms of Ireland are the Mc or Mac names meaning “son of” the “O” form meaning the “grandson” or “family of” and Fitz which is the Norman French version of “Son of”. Now let us explore your name.
The Ryan clan gentrys it’s ancestry all the way back to Cathaoir Mor, a second century king of Leinster. There are two main branches to the clan, the O’Riains and Carlow and the O’Maoilriains in Tiperary and Limerick. The name Ryan comes from the Gaelic word for administrator.

After the tutor wars many of the Ryan clan fled to France and Spain where their descendents can still be found today. Hey captain Ryan commanded a French privateer during the American Revolution. Juan Francesco O’Ryan was an Admiral in Chile.