Rhian (pr. ree-an) is a Welsh female name meaning “maiden” from Welsh rhiain which derives from Proto-Celtic *rīganī- (queen). It could also be used as a short form of Rhiannon meaning “great queen” from Celtic Rigantona. In Welsh mythology, Rhiannon is a major figure in the Mabinogion and has been associated with the Gaulish goddess of horses, Epona. Rhian is also a Welsh male name, a variant form of Ryan derived from Proto-Celtic *rīxs meaning “king” from a Proto-Indo-European root word meaning “to straighten, to right oneself”.
Origin: Proto-Celtic, Proto-Indo-European
- Rhianu (Welsh)
- Rhiannon (Welsh)