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Family spelling variants includes Ó Riain, Ruane, O’ Ryan, O’ Mulryan, Mulryan

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Ó Maoilriain - 'descendant of the follower of Rian', anglicised in later times as Ryan.

Ó Riain - 'descendant of Rian', anglicised as Ryan.

Ó Ruadháin - 'descendant of Ruadhán, from the epithet 'red', more often anglicised as Ruane, though sometimes as Royan and Ryan.

The first of these surnames although inhabiteding their Munster homelands from early times, were originally a Leinster sept, according to Fr Woulfe in 'Sloinnte Gaedheal is Gall' 1923). In the 13th and 14th centuries they moved to the baronies of Owney and Owney Beg in Tipperary and Limerick. The name Ryan is still most numerous in Co Tipperary.

The second surname is that of a sept in Co Carlow, who were lords of Uí Dróna (Idrone), before spreading in later times throughout eastern Ireland.

The third surname comes from two septs in Connacht, in Mayo and Galway. The usual anglicisation is Ruane, but the name is sometimes disguised, according to Fr Woulfe, as Ryan.

The name occurs as a 'Principal Irish Name' in Petty's 1659 'Census' of Ireland, in the above counties, more often as Mulryane etc in Tipperary and Limerick. The same is true of the 1664 'Hearth Money Rolls' (ed. Laffan) for Co Tipperary, where the name in this form is numerous.

By the time of Griffith's 'Primary Valuation' of Irish households between 1848 and 1860, Ryan is most found in counties Tipperary (4090) Limerick (1263) Kilkenny (616) and Cork (416)

Two Famous Ryans:
William Patrick Ryan (1867-1942) born in Tipperary, was an author and journalist; founder of the socialist newspapers 'Peasant' and 'Irish Nation'.
Francis Thomas Ryan (1862-1927) a member of the US Navy, who received the Medal of Honour for bravery during the Boxer Rebellion

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Janine Woolnough

Hi, My paternal grandma was a Ryan, Margaret Ann Kathleen Ryan born in Collingwood, Victoria Australia in 1898. Her father my Great grandfather was James Michael Ryan born in Collingwood, Victoria Australia in 1858. His father my GG grandfather was Michael William Ryan born in Ireland in 1828, Tipperary. He was baptised in Drom and Inch, Diocese Cashel and Emly. I have a Gedmatch number if you would like it please contact me.

Deborah F Clark

My 2x Great-grandfather. James A. Ryan was born in Thornback, Kilkenny, Ireland 9 Sep 1832 and died in Piatt Co., IL, USA 29 Dec 1900. He had a sister, Agnes, who died a spinster in Troyswood, Kilkenny, Ireland 05 Oct 1907. I am trying to find if he had other siblings. I believe his parents to have been William and Bridget Kirwick Ryan who both died in Ireland, but I am not positive where.

Gail Ryan

Jenny Miller - my great-grandfather Patrick Ryan and great-grandmother Bridget Treacy came from Borrisoleigh, and also emigrated to Queensland in ~1880. They got off the boat in Townsville, and spent their lives in Charters Towers. Perhaps we are related - Borrisoleigh is not a huge town!!

Ryan

You'll find a lot of famous Ryans here https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ryan_(surname)

April Ryan

I'm a Ryan Daniel Joseph Ryan was my papa Daniel Joseph Ryan Jr I am all alone my family wanted blood money long story anyone my Nana Carney don't even know her name my gram was Lillian carney

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https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_H._Ryan William Henry Ryan 1860-1939 (son of my family's original emigrants Patrick Ryan, Tipperary and Margaret Brennan, unconfirmed) making William H. a first generation immigrant who served as a US Congressman for two terms 1901-1908, coinciding with the years during which Theodore Roosevelt was President of the US. He personally hosted the Native American Chief Geronimo during his visit to the Pan American Exposition in Buffalo in 1901. [WHR is my father's great uncle and namesake and my father is one of the last living link to have known him. We have not been able to confirm the townlands of Patrick and Margaret. It has been a very stubborn brick wall. Any assistance/suggestions will be greatly appreciated. Thank you! MRF]

Don Ryan

My great grandfather Michael Ryan Raymond, was married to two Margaret Ryans (Moneen and Sean Eamon), with a total of seventeen children, the offspring of which includes large conclaves in Australia and USA. His grand father was also Michael Ryan (1764) married to Johanna Kilfoyle. They hailed from Foilnacanna in Upperchurch, but my g. grandfather moved to Glenough, and we still have a strong presence on the old ancestral lands. You can view the school attended by our family since it was established in 1856 by visiting Glenough Schoolhouse on Facebook. Regards, Don Ryan .

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Patrick Ryan born 1811 Tipperary Married Margaret Boyle born 1817 Cashel area Ballypatrick

Jenny Miller

My GGGrandfather Michael Ryan born in Upperchurch Married Mary Quinlan in Borrisoleigh parish church 13 th July 1856. Immigrated on “Windsor Castle” 23rd April from Plymouth to Rockhampton Australia with children. Patrick, Bernard,John, Michael, and Mary. Oldest Daughter Eliza remained in Nenagh married Thomas Lynch. Ryan family settled in Springsure in Central Queensland. Michael Sr died 10th July 1908 aged 84yrs.

Ryan

Michael Patrick Ryan (my 3x great uncle) emigrated to Canada from Pallis, Donohill Tipperary with his father and siblings. He was my paternal grandmother Mary Susan Ryan's great uncle. Elected MP of Canada's first parliament. more details: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Michael_Patrick_Ryan

Denise Le Noel

My 3rd great grandfather was Denis Ryan born 1825 in Tipperary. Emigrated to Australia with his mother Margaret D'Arcy in 1856, married Martha Manson in Victoria Australia in 1861 and he and his family emigrated to New Zealand. His father was either Patrick Ryan or Michael Ryan - this differs on two different certificates. My Ancestry tree is https://www.ancestry.com.au/family-tree/tree/158399137/family/familyview and happy to provide a Gedmatch number if you would like to contact me. Regards. Denise

Ryan

Great grandfather John Ryan from Limerick immigrated about 1850 to Essex County, Ontario Canada. Adopted by Langlois family. No other documentation or information available. Any help much appreciated. Bonnie Ryan Beaudry

O'Malley

Our Ryan's come from Bottomstown, Murroe, Limerick. That is about all I know except my grandfather said the Ryan girls were known to be great beauties and his grandmother was Mary Ann Ryan O'Maley. If anyone can elaborate on the family, please let me know. Thank you and God Bless you.

Ryan

Am an only child with little facts re my great grandparents. Patrick Ryan was killed in a railroad accident in Youngstown, Ohio in 1892. He left his wife, Ellen Muldowney from Kilkenny, per her obituary, and 3 almost adult grown children. John Patrick is my Great Grandfather and then Edward M and Mary. John P died in 1919, leaving my Grandma, Anna McVey, with 3 children under 6. John, William Grant and Mary. Dad is William (1912-1991). Any help would be appreciated. Some day, I hope to see photos. Rosemary

Anthony Barrett

(Part 1 of 3) The Ryan name has a long history in the British Isles, but now DNA and some recorded history says its origin is from the south-west region of the Emerald Island. The Ryan story [dominated by DNA tribal marker R1b-L513, Subgroup O2] can trace their beginnings to what is now County Kerry from 50 BCE. Perhaps the journey begins with the Clanna Dedad; Deda, son of Sen or Deda Mac Sin. The Ryan surname origin is possibly a branch of what will become the Dáirine [R1b-L513] who are found in south Ireland around 300 CE.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Ryan story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 2 of 3) According to research, the Dáirine will join with the Dál Riata of north-east Ireland and invade Scotland around 500 CE. But how could this be? Recent discoveries from DNA testing are unlocking the migration patterns of Celtic tribes as late as 800 CE to 1200 CE. The Ryan story begins in pre-history Ireland but many of his descendants will then move to Kintyre, Scotland where they and other R1b-L513 members will form the Dalriada. This line and many of his kin will then travel to Brittany, France during the Dark Ages.

Anthony Barrett

(Part 3 of 3) Discover their newly found untold story and how forgotten texts bring their story back to life. From the ebook, “The Tribe Within” learn how DNA unfolds this amazing tale and if you look in the right places, how history narrates this evidence. There is another written account of their story, but it is camouflaged in smoke and myth – it will become the tales of King Arthur. Come follow in the footsteps of Deda Mac Sin and visit https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/401207

ryan808

My great grandfather Matthew Ryan was married to Hattie Hookano in Hawaii sometime in the early 1900s. Our ancestry family tree can be found here trees.ancestry.comtree16268950familyfamilyview if you are related to me or know anything more about my family tree please feel free to contact me through ancestry.com.

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