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Meaning and Name Origin

Roy \roy\ as a boys' name is pronounced roy. It is of Irish and Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Roy is "red". As a short form of names like Leroy, Roy is also a form of the Old French term roi, meaning "king". Roy Rogers is a modern chain of fast-food restaurants. Cowboy Roy Rogers; actor Roy Schneider.


Roy has 4 variants: Rey, Roi, Royer and Ruy.

For more on this name, see also the related boy name Elroy.

Roy has 5 more alternative forms via Leroy: Elroi, Elroy, Lee, Leeroy and Leroi.


Roy is a very popular first name for men (#65 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#446 out of 88799, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Presented below is the baby name popularity of Roy for boys. Roy reached its peak position of #19 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #532. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Roy name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of the boy name Roy and related names. Prominent related forms of Roy (#532 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 are Elroy, Lee (#701 a year ago), Leeroy, Leroy and Rey (#884). Usage of these boy names reached its most widespread during the years 1920-1929 and is now significantly less, with the versions Elroy, Lee, Leroy and Roy becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Elroy, Lee, Leeroy, Leroy, Rey, Roy in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Roy is pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray, Raye, Rei, Reo, Rio, Roe, Row, Rowe, Rye and Ryu. Other recommended similar baby names are Coy, Loy, Rob, Rod, Rog, Ron and Rory. These names tend to be less commonly used than Roy.