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Riordan is a surname of Irish origin; Rearden is a variant of it. From ri “king” and bardan “poet”, it means “royal poet.” In Irish tradition, the poet was very highly regarded in any royal household, as he acted as scholar, historian and advisor to the king.

It may refer to:

Fictional characters
  • Dallas Riordan, character in the Marvel Comics universe.
  • Nita Riordan, character in Louis L'Amour's Kilkenny books.
  • Riordan Barry, character from the critically acclaimed novel, 'The Journey to East Building' by the author Glyn Beakwell.

The Riordans was a soap opera that ran on Radio Telefís Éireann (Irish television) during the 1960s and 1970s.