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Ryou Shirogane is a character in the manga and anime "Tokyo Mew Mew".
-- ArtGirlB  11/29/2007
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
Ryou Misaki (三崎 亮), the player behind Sora and Haseo from the 'Hack' franchise, bears this name.
-- Anonymous User  8/4/2015

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