When Benny J. Ryan was born in 1939, in Windfall, Wildcat Township, Tipton, Indiana, United States, his father, Benjamin Harrison "Benny" Ryan, was 38 and his mother, Thelma Fayne Bogue, was 35.
Some characteristic forenames: Irish Brendan, John Patrick, Dermot, Liam, Paddy, Donovan, Eamon, Eamonn, Kieran, Parnell, Aileen, Brennan.
Irish: shortened form of O'Ryan , an Anglicized form of Ó Riaghain (modern Irish Ó Riain) ‘descendant of Riaghan’, a personal name probably based on the word rí ‘king’. Ryan is one of the commonest surnames in Ireland, though there has been considerable confusion with Regan .
Irish: shortened from Mulryan (Ó Maoilriaghain).