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This is used in the Fake series of manga for the lead character.
-- Phoenix Boy  3/30/2005
This one's a little hard to pronounce correctly. It is NOT pronounced ree-oh; try to say just "ryoh," one syllable.
-- Phoenix Flower  10/4/2005
Kanji possibilities (actually, it's a long o sound and would be written "ryou" in Japanese):

Girls' name with "ryo":

Boys' names with "ryo":

One of the meaning possibilities is "good/fine".
-- abbasdaughter  12/27/2005
Ryo is the name of a character in the anime Tokyo Mew Mew, except his name is spelled with a "u" at the end.
-- Kurisutaru  2/17/2006
A famous bearer is Ryo Akiyama from Digimon Tamers. Ryo is also known as 'The Digimon King'.
-- blackthorn93  2/13/2007
Can also mean "dragon".
-- Yume Hanabi  2/19/2007
May also mean "clear or bright". Shishido Ryo and Kisarazu Ryo are both from the anime Prince of Tennis.
-- rikkai_tensai  4/16/2007
Nishikido Ryo is a famous Jpop singer.
-- Misao  4/12/2008
Interesting... I would never use it a I am not of Japanese decent. I have engaged in role-plays in the past that included characters by the name of "Ryo." A decent name-- simple, straight forward, but must be used according to ethnic origin.
-- Francesca  5/27/2011
This is extremely difficult to pronounce. It almost sounds like the name Joe. The R is pronounced like a mixture of a D, J and L and it only has one syllable.
-- Anonymous User  8/4/2011
The kanji shown here for Ryō are actually used on both genders.
Other kanji like 良, 了 and 亮 are also used on both genders.

Regarding its popularity, Ryō is more popular for boys than girls in 2014.
For boys, the one with 諒 is in 23rd place followed by 遼 (26th) and 涼 (51st).
For girls, only the one with 涼 made it to the top 1000 at 698th place.

Popularity source: http://5go.biz/sei/cgi/ninki1.htm & http://5go.biz/sei/cgi/ninki2.htm
-- m4yb3_daijirou  1/28/2015
Going back to what I've said in the previous comment, Ryō is being used for both boys and girls but it's mostly given to boys.

Back in the olden days though, Ryō was used as a girl's name. Based on some research that I've done (gathering names from passenger lists and US census data), Ryō was a pretty uncommon name to have in the late Edo period and the Meiji & Taishō periods.

2 syllable names were preferred at the time, more so before the Meiji period, which is why Ryō was seen as a girl's name. Towards the 2nd half of the Meiji period and the Taishō period, those types of names were quickly shunted out in popularity by names ending in *ko.
-- m4yb3_daijirou  6/28/2015

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