Meaning and Name Origin
Rocky \r(oc)-ky\ as a boys' name is pronounced RAH-kee. It is of English origin. Nickname for Rocco (Italian), the name of a 14th-century saint. Saint Roque (16th century) was a Spanish saint. The nickname is also familiar today due to boxer Rocky Marciano and his fictional counterpart, Rocky Balboa, of the "Rocky" series of movies.
Rocky is a very prominent first name for men (#530 out of 1220, Top 43%) but an unusual last name for all people. (2000 U.S. Census)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Rocky for boys. Rocky entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top rank of #274 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #990. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Rocky and related names. Popular variation forms of Rocky (#990 a year ago) are Rocco (#449 a year ago) and Rock. Adoption of these boy names reached its most widespread during 1950-1959 and has become much less since, with the form Rocky becoming less trendy. Rocco (#449) is the most contemporarily stylish name for newborns here, with this name having a rebound in popularity. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Rocky▼ is pronounced similarly to Rickey▼, Ricki, Ricky▲ and Rikky. Other suggested similar baby names are Richy, Rick▼, Rocio, Rockly and Rojay. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rocky.