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