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What does Rory mean?

Rory Pronunciation of Rory [ro-ry] as a boys' name (also used less generally as girls' name Rory) is pronounced ROR-ee. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Rory is "red king". Anglicized form of the Gaelic name Ruaidhrí, Ruarí (Irish) or Ruairidh, Ruaraidh (Scottish). Also used as a nickname for Roderick. Literary: tales of Rory O'More, 16th-century rebel chief, are celebrated in Irish poetry. Rorik is a Scandinavian and Slavic form.

Associated with: irish, red, king, scottish, 16th century, chief (leader), scandinavian.


Rory has 5 variants: Rhory, Rorey, Rorik, Rorric and Rorry.

12 more different relations via Roderick: Rod, Rodd, Roddy, Rodric, Rodrik, Rodryck, Rodryk, Roric, Rorick, Rurek, Rurik and Ruy.

Creative forms:
(male) Rore, Roryd, ..

(female) Rore, Roro, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rory Kabir (R.K.), ..

How popular is Rory?

Rory is a somewhat prominent first name for men (#629 out of 1220, Top 52%) and also a somewhat prominent surname for both adults and children (#134929 out of 150436, Top 90%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Rory entered the list in 1940-1949 and reached its top position of #378 in the U.S. in 2015. (2015 Birth Statistics)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy names. Prominent variation forms of Rory (#378 from recent data) rated in the Top 2000 are Rod, Rodd, Roddy and Roderick (#1066 from recent data). These forms of Rory were at the peak of their popularity 6 decades ago (usage of 0.1%) and are somewhat less widespread today (usage 0.1%, 42% less), with versions like Roderick becoming less in vogue. Roderick has historically been popular among parents, though Rory is now the most fashionable.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rory, Rod, Rodd, Roddy, Roderick in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Suggested similar names are Amory, Amry, Arry, Ary, Avry, Cary, Corry, Cory, Cowry, Dory, Emory, Fry, Gary, Gery, Horry, Jary, Jorry, Jory, Korry, Kory, Lary, Lorry, Morry, Orry, Ramy, Ray, Remy, Rey, Roan, Roark, Rob, Robb, Robby, Robi, Robyn, Roch, Rock, Rocky, Roe, Rog, Roi, Rojay, Roley, Rolf, Rolly, Rome, Ron, Ronn, Ronny, Rorke, Ross, Roth, Roul, Row, Rowdy, Rowe, Rowl, Rowly, Roy, Ruby, Rudy, Torry, Tory and Yury. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rory.

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