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pinWhat 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.


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

Affiliated boy name: Elroy.

Roy has 2 more alternative forms via Leroy: Elroy and Lee.

Kreatif forms: Royby, Roydy, Royne. [more]

pinHow 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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Roy name in U.S.

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

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)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Roy, Elroy, Lee, Leroy, Rey in U.S.

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

pinSimilar Names

Roy is pronounced similarly to Rae, Rai, Ray, Raye, Rei, Reigh, Reo, Rio, Roe, Row, Rowe, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. These names tend to be less commonly used than Roy.