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What does Gilroy mean?

Gilroy Pronunciation of Gilroy [gilroy] as a boys' name is pronounced GIL-roy. It is of Irish, Scottish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Gilroy is "the red-head". From Gaelic an giolla. Transferred use of the surname, probably influenced by Elroy and Leroy.

Associated with: irish, scottish, red, surname.


Gilroy has 6 variants: Gilderoy, Gildray, Gildroy, Gillray, Gillroy and Gilray.

4 more related forms via Elroy, Leroy: Elroi, Elroy, Elroye and Leeroy.

Creative forms:
(male) Giroy, Girroy, ..

(female) Gilgay, ..

Middle name pairings:
Gilroy Korbin (G.K.), ..

How popular is Gilroy?

Gilroy is an uncommon first name for men but a very popular surname for all people (#8053 out of 150436, Top 5%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Gilroy (outside Top 2000) listed in the Top 2000 are Elroy, Leeroy and Leroy (#997 via latest list). Adoption of these relations of Gilroy was more pronounced among parents a century ago (adoption of 0.4%) and has become significantly less since. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Elroy, Leeroy, Leroy in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Gilroy and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Cloy, Conroy, Croy, Delroy, Eloy, Fitzroy, Gallo, Galo, Galton, Galvon, Galway, Garey, Garon, Garrey, Garron, Garrot (see Garret), Garry, Garvy, Gary, Gearey, Geary, Georgy, Geron, Gerrey, Gerry, Gery, Gianny, Gibbor, Gibby, Gibor, Gibson, Gideon, Gidon, Gil, Gilad, Giladi, Gilam, Gilbey, Gilby, Gildo, Gilead, Gilean, Giles, Gilford, Gili, Gilian, Gill, Gillan, Gillbey (see Gilby), Gillby, Gillen, Gilleon, Gilles, Gilley, Gillion, Gillis, Gillon, Gillson, Gilman, Gilmer, Gilmore, Gilmour, Gilon, Gilson, Gino, Giorgi, Girvon (see Girvin), Giulio, Gordy, Gray, Grey, Gyorgy, Laroy and Troy. These names tend to be more commonly used than Gilroy.

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