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.
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)
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)
Popular variation forms of Rocky (#990 2 years ago) ranked in the Top 1000 are Rocco (#449 2 years ago) and Rock. Adoption of these relations of Rocky reached its most widespread during 1950-1959 (average #551) and is somewhat lower today (#813, 58.3% less). Rocco is more ubiquitous than the rest, while Rocky is now less popular. Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of Rocky and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
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.