Meaning and Name Origin
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%) but an unusual surname for both adults and children. (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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is an analysis of the usage of the boy name Rory and related names. Prominent variation forms of Rory (#416 last year) are Broderick (#973 last year), Rod, Roderick, Rodrick and Rodrigo (#488). These boy names were at the peak of their popularity during 1960-1969 and are now significantly less widespread, 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. (Top 1000 Baby Names Records, 2014)