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Ryuu is the name of a popular character in the Street Fighter video games and movies.
-- Kurisutaru  3/30/2006
The name Ryuu may be written as "Ryû".
-- mireille  6/11/2006
We native English speakers often pronounce this name "REE-oo" or "RIGH-oo," but neither is correct. Instead of separating the R and Y, try to pronounce them together: "ryoo."
-- Phoenix Flower  8/30/2006
Czech singer Monika Načeva has a son Ryu.
-- Karcoolka  6/20/2007
Odagiri Ryu is a character from the drama 'Gokusen 2'.
-- Misao  4/12/2008
The amazing dude in the manga "Kiss/Hug". He's cool. XD
-- VampireTears  1/21/2009
It just sounds like the ridiculous name of a fan character, usually coupled with other names. It's supposed to be simple and mysterious. I think it's overused for its meaning.
-- Wilted  6/14/2009
This name is overused in Japanese video games to such a ridiculous extent that TV Tropes actually has a big list of characters named Ryuu or variations. Something tells me that Street Fighter is to blame. Honestly, I'm getting a little tired of hearing this name constantly. It sounds like something an otaku would call themselves, and I doubt it's really that popular on real Japanese men. People really are just using it for its meaning - why not try something with a little more life to it?
-- Buneary  3/17/2013
Although it's a moderately popular name for boys (and a popular name to choose for a stereotypical Japanese boy), back in the olden days, Ryū was used as a girl's name. Based on some research that I've done (gathering names from passenger lists), Ryū was a really uncommon name to have in the late Edo period and the Meiji & Taishō periods.

1 and 2 syllable names were preferred at the time, more so before the Meiji period, which is why Ryū 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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