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What does Rocky mean?

Rocky [roc-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.

Associated with: saint, 16th century, fictional (literary).


Rocky has 7 variants: Rocco, Rock, Rockford, Rockland, Rocklin, Rockwell and Roque.

Rocky has 4 more alternative forms via Rocco: Roch, Roche, Rochus and Rocko.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Riky, Rioky, ..

(female) Rocah, Rocla, ..

How popular is Rocky?

Rocky is a very prominent first name for men (#530 out of 1220, Top 43%) and a slightly less prominent last name for all people (#98770 out of 150436, Top 66%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Rocky for boys. Rocky entered the list in 1930-1939 and reached its top rank of #272 in the U.S. during 1950-1959, and is presently at #990. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rocky name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rocky outside U.S.

Popular variation forms of Rocky (#990 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rocco (#449 via latest list), Rock and Roque. Usage of these relations of Rocky reached its most widespread 64 years ago (median #848) and is almost as widespread today (#1359, 11% less usage). Rocco is more ubiquitous than the rest, while Rocky is now less popular.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rocky, Rocco, Rock, Roque in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rocky is pronounced similarly to Ricco, Rickey, Ricki, Rickie, Ricky, Rico, Riki, Rikke, Rikki and Rikky. Other suggested similar names are Bucky, Dicky, Jacky, Lucky, Micky, Nicky, Richy, Rick, Robby, Rocio, Rockley, Rockly (see Rockley), Roddy, Rojay, Roley, Rolly, Ronny, Rorey, Rorke, Rorry, Rory, Rowdy, Rowly and Roy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Rocky.