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My son Ryker John, born in June '06, also goes by the nickname Ryke or Rykie - which sounds a lot like Mike or Mikey, only starting with an "R". The nickname came very naturally. The name is also very natural and easy-to-say - no one has trouble. And, he never gets mixed up with any other kids at school except, rarely, another little boy named Ryder. And they only get mixed up in print (hats, lunch boxes, etc.) There's only one Ryker and everyone knows him!
We haven't had any problems with the name. Most people really like it, especially men <60 yrs old. If you want the range of negatives we've heard, here they are in order of frequency: Some people have repeated it back to me and asked if it's a 'family name', which seems to be a polite way of stepping around a negative reaction. People in the Northeast US sometimes say it reminds them of Riker's Island (a prison). Some have mentioned if rhymes with 'biker' so they think it sounds 'tough' (doesn't every name rhyme with something? And, so what - Lance Armstrong is a biker, isn't he?). We've heard a few say it sounds like a dog's name. I did a net search and found a police dog named Ryker. But there's probably a police dog out there named Mike, too!
We love the name and so far, so does he! We figure if that ever changes he can decide to go by R. John or R.J.
- Meanings and history of the name Ryker
Danish Form of Richard Meaning "Powerful Ruler"
German Meaning "Rich"
This is by no means claiming history to the name Ryker, its only my history for naming my son. The
original idea for me was Star Trek. However I am also from the New England area of Cape Cod, Mass. So
I had heard of Riker's Island. When it came to the spelling, I took into account the tv show and the
prison. Also if any one remebers, another really old tv show which for some reason must have made an
impression on me when I was young. Was the Galloping Gourmet and the host's name was Graham Kerr, he
was a chef and by the end of every show he would be quite smashed,(must have found it funny). Anyway,
between the negative of Riker's island, rye bread, Rye New York, my favorite tv show Star Trek Next
Generation and Chef Kerr. I came up with RYKERR born in 1993. And yes those are, two R's at the end
for the Bostonian's who don't pronounce them. I had a fantastic time naming him and raising him, he is
now a fantastic senior in high school. Meaning can be important but just having fun ain't bad. Enjoy!
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My husband found the name Ryker online a few weeks after we found out I was pregnant. We both loved the name, and we always went back to it. We knew about the Star Trek connection and had some good laughs about it while I was pregnant. People's reactions were mixed at first, but now we get comments all the time about how awesome his name is and how well it fits his personality. He is 3 yo now and all the kids at his day care shout out, "Ryker Russo!" When they see him.
When we found out I was pregnant a 2nd time, we felt pressure to come up with another unique name. We started joking that we had a "Commander Ryker" and now needed a JT Kirk, but we felt that Tiberious was just a bit much for us...so we shortened it to Tiber. So now we have a Ryker and Tiber.
Bottom line: If you like it, go for it. Don't go by other people's reactions.
- Ryker in song, story & screen
Commander William. T. Riker of the USS Enterprise - the 2nd in command on the tv show Star Trek: The Next Generation.