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What does Roy mean?

Roy Pronunciation of 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.

Associated with: irish, red, old, king, modern, cowboy (warrior).

Variations

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

Affiliated boy name: Elroy.

2 more alternative forms via Leroy: Elroy and Lee.

Creative forms:
(male) Rody, Royd, ..

(female) Ran, Rore, ..

Middle name pairings:
Roy Arrow (R.A.), ..

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)

Roy reached its peak position of #19 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #536. (2015 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roy name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related boy 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.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Roy, Elroy, Lee, Leroy, Rey 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, 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.

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