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It's an Irish name and surname meaning "little king."
arrowhead909  8/24/2005
I commented years ago that I thought this name meant "little king," but I've since learned about the "easily started, irritable, quick to anger" theory, deriving from the Middle Irish "redgach." "Redgach" is often given as "riodhgach" in surname dictionaries but that doesn't appear to be a word. The root words for the "little king" meaning are "ri-" (king) and "-in" (diminutive suffix making the meaning of the word more like "kinglet") is possible though, since "riog" is/was a word that came from "ri". I can't offer any more insight on that since I don't speak Irish.

Also, this is my last name. The surname is never pronounced "RAY-gin" in Ireland (as I'm told). I know that this pronunciation has been used by my family since we came from Ireland in the mid-17th century because our surname was often misspelled as Rigon and Rigan.
arrowhead909  4/12/2017
I love this name for a girl, REE-GAN (spelt Reghan) or RAY-GAN (spelt Raegan), even though it reminds me of The Exorcist.
mum2bubba  10/22/2005
In Ireland it is a surname, as mentioned above. As a first name, it's of English origin and is derived from the word 'regina' (as in Elizabeth II Regina). It means queenly.
Lady_Godiva  11/2/2005
Regan is also a masculine name of Celtic origin. Translated, it means "boy king" or "little king."
― Anonymous User  2/5/2006
Meaning: King's heir.
― Anonymous User  5/4/2006
The little possessed girl from "The Exorcist" has this name.
Katya_4_Ever  6/3/2006
Regan MacNeil was the girl on The Exorcist who gets possessed by the demon.
hayleyskye  11/3/2009
Regan for a girl appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1970's and dropped off the list in the 1980's. It came back on the top 1000 list in 1990. Its most popular year was 2004 where it ranked 217. Regan for a boy appeared on the top 1000 list in the 1960's where it ranked 961.
― Anonymous User  9/25/2006
Regan Reilly is the name of a female private investigator in the Regan Reilly Mysteries by Carol Higgins Clark.
― Anonymous User  3/19/2007
Charles Regan was a famous ichthyologist.
ketchuptwins  4/8/2007
Ah, looks like some people were trying to be a little more subtle about their worship of Ronald Reagan's politics. Well, they don't fool me. This name is tacky, it isn't pretty at all, and it sounds quite boyish for grown women, none of who really benefit from Republican views on women. Ahem.
slight night shiver  5/3/2008
I think Regan is a good name, and it has nothing to do with Ronald Reagan, who spells it completely different. It's got more class than a lot of guy names.
welovejamesarness  8/15/2008
How could anyone ever name a daughter this? Read King Lear! Most evil character ever!
― Anonymous User  10/4/2008
Even if I have read King Lear by Shakespeare, and yes Regan is one of the sisters and she is evil, I still really like this name. It's original, it's nice and frankly one of my favorites. But yah, Regan is evil in the play. =S =P
― Anonymous User  5/27/2009
-Evil Shakespearean sister. Nothing redeeming about her.

-Head twisting, green vomiting, foul mouthed demon possessed girl in one of the most famous horror films of all time.

No go.
― Anonymous User  8/3/2009
I love Regan for a girl, but pronounced ray-gan. :)
― Anonymous User  11/3/2009
Just to let everyone know, this name is becoming very popular!
nicole_10107  5/9/2010
This might be a variant of Megan, with the M consonant changed to an R. It might also derive from the Celtic name Rigantona.
― Anonymous User  7/1/2010
I love this name! It is not as popular and overused as Megan, and it sounds classy and sophisticated. I would definitely use it and I wish it were my name. Also, in response to the Reagan-bashing poster above, I am republican and a woman, and I don't see anything wrong with Republican views on women. I agree with all of them. So what, also, if a couple of fictional Regans were evil? Writers use different names all of the time for characters, both good and evil, but that doesn't make the names bad! If Shakespeare had named the evil princess Suzanne or Charlotte instead, those would still be good names as is Regan!
― Anonymous User  7/15/2010
All of the commentors who this name and Reagan are 'secret ways to worship Ronald Reagan' would be wrong. It is a beautiful name and in most cases is not related to the president at all. I see it as a feminine name, probably because I am a woman with the name Regan pronounced like Reagan. Also, we've heard enough about politics lately, stop bringing it into our and our children's own names.
― Anonymous User  8/4/2010
Really horrible name; the Shakespearean character is terrible, and that's without mentioning the obvious connections to The Exorcist. :P
walesgal92  9/7/2010
I love this name, but would never use it on an actual child because of the associations with evil. I might use it on a character or an animal someday, though.

Slight night shiver: I'm a non-Christian, lesbian, far-left liberal from a lower-class family, and I love this name. It existed centuries before Ronald Reagan and probably isn't going to die out just because of him. You are WAY too quick to judge.
black_cat  3/7/2011
It's actually pronounced ray-GIN, or ray-UH-gin (like ray again).
writer371  4/3/2011
The translation of Regan is regal or royal, not little king. The meaning of Reagan is little king, but that's a different name.

Regan for a girl is beautiful.
KittyKat78  5/8/2011
P.S. I like the pronunciation Ree-gan, as opposed to Ray-gan.
KittyKat78  5/8/2011
Regan Elizabeth Hartley is a Miss America contestant.
― Anonymous User  6/10/2011
This name has absolutely NOTHING to do with Ronald Reagan! Regan is pronounced Ree-gan, Reagan is pronounced Ray-gan. Reagan and Raegan are said like Ronald Reagan. It also has nothing to do with Megan, their only similarity is the spelling. I love this name, despite the Shakespeare character (by the way, I read King Lear and I love it). Goneril (said Gon-ih-ril) and Cordelia are also cool. ;)
threevelvetbullets  9/28/2012
One of my friends has this name, but she spells it 'Riogan'. I personally don't like this name, as I think it sounds very harsh and masculine, but each to their own.
― Anonymous User  2/17/2014
There is a minor character called Regan (who's a girl) in the Call of the Forgotten series by Julie Kagawa.
― Anonymous User  6/9/2014
This is my daughter's name, pronounced Ree-gan. We love it. We fell in love with it hearing it on our favorite show Frasier. It is used as a character name for one of Fraiser's love interests. The King Lear association never bothered me. It does bother me when people mispronounce it as Ray-gan.
ReganMom  11/16/2015
The name Regan was given to 260 girls and 50 boys born in the US in 2015.
HerculePoirot  6/15/2016
Regan Reese is the stage name of a retired American pornographic actress. Reese grew up in New Jersey, Reese started doing acting auditions at age 16. Aside from her adult career, she had the leading role in the 2009 thriller-horror film Amateur Porn Star Killer 3: The Final Chapter; she also appeared in minor roles in a number of mainstream films and TV-series, such as Pushing Daisies, Dexter, Bones, Sons of Anarchy, CSI, and Californication.
cutenose  2/16/2017
I bet it would age on a girl, since it was used as a feminine name in a play in 1606.
XironDarkstar  1/19/2018
Regan Beach is in South Lake Tahoe, California.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2018
I love the name Regan (ray-gan) for a boy! Name sounds very masculine and strong. We named our son Regan Anthony and get a ton of compliments on it. In my opinion, I found the spelling of Reagan more feminine. During research, I found it was more common for boys to spell the name Regan, especially in the UK. Regan is also a beach that’s close to where we got married so additional special reasoning behind the name for us.
― Anonymous User  2/6/2018

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