What does Rory mean?
Rory \r(o)-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.
Rory has 33 more different forms via Roderick: Broderick, Brodrick, Brodryck, Rhoderick, Rhodric, Rod▼, Rodd, Rodderick, Roddie, Roddric, Roddrick, Roddy, Roderic, Roderich, Roderigo, Roderik, Roderyck, Rodric, Rodrick▼, Rodrigo, Rodrigue, Rodrigues, Rodriguez, Rodrik, Rodrique, Rodriquez, Rodryck, Rodryk, Roric, Rorick, Rurek, Rurik and Ruy.
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)
Displayed below is the birth name popularity of Rory for boys. Rory entered the list in 1950-1959 and reached its top position of #416 in the U.S. in 2014. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Rory and related names. Prominent variation forms of Rory (#416 last year) rated in the Top 1000 are Broderick (#973 last year), Rod, Roderick, Rodrick and Rodrigo (#488). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during the years 1960-1969 (usage of 0.3703%) and are now significantly less widespread (usage 0.1872%, down 49.5%), with the versions Rod, Roderick and Rodrick becoming less in vogue. Rodrigo (#488) and Rory (#416) are two of the more chic birth names among these. (2014 Birth Statistics)