What does Roy mean?
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.
Affiliated boy name: Elroy.Creative forms:
(male) Rody, Royd, ..
(female) Royla, Royra, .. Middle name pairings:
Roy Kolton (R.K.), ..
How popular is Roy?
Roy is a very popular first name for men (#65 out of 1220, Top 5%) and also a very popular surname for all people (#621 out of 150436, 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 #536. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Shown below is an analysis of the ranking of Roy and related names. Elroy, Lee (#679 a year ago), Leroy (#997) and Rey (#903) are the prominent related forms of Roy (#536 a year ago) rated in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Roy reached its most widespread during 1900-1909 (adoption of 1.49%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.07%, 95.3% less), with versions like Roy becoming less in vogue. Rey is the most contemporarily stylish baby name here.
Roy▼ is pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray▼, Raye, Rei, Reo, Rio, Roe, Row, Rowe, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other recommended names are Coy▼, Loy, Rob▼, Rod▼, Rog, Ron▼ and Rory▲. These names tend to be less commonly used than Roy.See names in meaning and etymology.