Ryden is a surname which comes from two different backgrounds and meanings. The first is that it is an English surname meaning “rye hill” made up from Old English elements ryġe (rye) and dun (hill, mountain) both of which derive from a PIE source. It originated as a locational name for someone who lived near a hill where rye grew. Ryden is also a Swedish surname, also originating as a locational name, meaning “woodland clearing”.
- Royden (English)
- Roydon (English)