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What does Rocky mean?

Rocky Pronunciation of Rocky [rocky] 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.

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

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

(female) Rocah, Rocla, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rocky Maurice (R.M.), ..

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)

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 #927. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Popular variation forms of Rocky (#927 via latest list) ranked in the Top 2000 are Rocco (#463 via latest list), Rock, Rockwell (#1716) and Roque. Usage of these relations of Rocky is at its most widespread today (median #1421). Rocco is more ubiquitous than the rest.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rocky, Rocco, Rock, Rockwell, 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.