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.more]
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 #532. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shown below is an analysis of the usage of Roy and related names. Elroy, Lee (#701 a year ago), Leroy and Rey (#884) are the prominent related forms of Roy (#532 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000. Usage of these forms of Roy reached its most widespread during 1920-1929 (adoption of 0.663%) and is now significantly diminished (adoption 0.177%, 73.3% less), with the versions Elroy, Lee, Leroy and Roy becoming less in vogue. (2014 Birth Statistics)