Gender: Masculine
Origin: Arabic
Meaning: “door to heaven”

The name is a franconized form of the Arabic male name, Rayyan, which is found in Hadith 643 as Ar-Rayyan, which is one of the gates of heaven through which only those who have participated in Ramadan will be able to enter on Judgement Day.

As of 2008, he was the 35th most popular male name in Belgium. His rankings in other countries are as follows:

  • # 38 (France, 2009)
  • # 63 (Netherlands, 2010)
  • # 65 (Spain, 2010)
  • # 758 (United States, 2010)

Other forms of the name include:

  • Rajan (Albanian/Chechen/Bosnian/Kazakh/Tatar)
  • Rayyan (Arabic)
Feminine forms include:
  • Rajana (Albanian/Bosnian/Chechen/Kazakh/Tatar)
  • Raja (Kazakh)

One thought on “Rayan

  1. Rayyan Hamoudi is a female character on Little Mosque On the Prairie. Though it’s mostly pronounced on the show as Ray-Anne.

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