Meaning and name origin
Roy \roy\ as a boy's 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 information, see also the related boy name Elroy.
Roy is a very popular first name for males (#65 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#446 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Roy for boys. Roy reached its highest rank of #19 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Roy and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Roy (#532), Rey (#884), Leroy and Elroy. (2014 statistics).
Roy▼ is also pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray▼, Raye, Rei, Reo, Rio, Roe, Row, Rowe, Rye and Ryu. Other suggested similar baby names are Coy▼, Loy▼, Rob▼, Rod▼, Rog, Ron▼ and Rory▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Roy.