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Gender: male
Pronunciation: roy, roi
Meaning: red haired, red complexion
Related Names: Joy, Leroy, Rey, Roi, Royal, Royce, Royer, Ruy

Length: 3 Gender: {{#if male



Rank in 2000s: 458


Name: roy Origin: Gaelic,, Meaning (no case): red haired, red complexion

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The name Roy derives as a surname meaning “red haired” or “ruddy complexion” originating from the Gaelic “ruadh” meaning “red.” The name Roy has also become associated with meaning “king” from the Old French “roy” meaning “king.” The name is also utilized as a shortened or pet version of various names like Royal, Royce or Leroy.


According to the 1990 United States Census [1], Roy ranked as the 65th most popular male first name, the 3,770th most popular female first name and the 446th most popular last name. In the United States, the name ranked in the Top 1,000 most popular boys' names every year since 1880, when it ranked 37th. Additionally, Roy ranked in the Top 100 most popular boys' names each year from 1880 through 1968 (94th).

According to the Social Security Administration [1], in the 21st century, the name ranked in the Top 500 most popular boys' names every year from 2000 (402nd) through 2006 (458th).

United States Popularity of the boy's name Roy in the 21st Century:

  • Year: 2006 Rank:458th
  • Year: 2005 Rank:472nd
  • Year: 2004 Rank:469th
  • Year: 2003 Rank:443rd
  • Year: 2002 Rank:440th
  • Year: 2001 Rank:428th
  • Year: 2000 Rank:402nd


  • September 7th is celebrated by Sweden in honor of the name Roy.
  • “Roy” is a given first name of children of celebrities Roy Disney, Roy Rogers and Roy Acuff. [1]
  • “Roy” is a name bestowed upon locations in New Mexico, Utah and Washington, USA.


  • “Roy Rogers” is a chain of American fast food restaurants.
  • Rob Roy was a 1995 action adventure film starring Liam Neeson as Robert Roy MacGregor and Jessica Lange as Mary MacGregor. The film received a nomination for an Academy Award (Oscar) for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for Tim Roth. [1]


  • Roy Campanella (nicknamed “Campy”) – Former professional baseball player (catcher) who was an All Star each year from 1949 through 1956, won a World Series Championship in 1955, was named the National League (NL) Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 1951, 1953 and 1955 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall of Fame in 1969. [1]
  • Patrick Jacques Roy (pronounced “wa”) – Former professional National Hockey League (NHL) goaltender who was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 2006. [1]
  • Roy Scheider – Film and television actor who appeared as Police Chief Martin Brody in the Jaws movies. He was nominated for two Academy Awards (Oscars) for “Best Actor in a Supporting Role” for his performance in The French Connection in 1971 and for “Best Actor in a Leading Role” for his role in All That Jazz in 1979. [1]



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Author: Rich Kachold

Facts about RoyRDF feed
Gender male  +
Length 3  +
Meaning red haired, red complexion  +
Meaningnc red haired, red complexion  +
Name roy  +
Origin Gaelic  +
Popularity 2  +
Pronunciation roy, roi  +
Rank in 2000s 458  +
Related Joy  +, Leroy  +, Rey  +, Roi  +, Royal  +, Royce  +, Royer  +, and Ruy  +
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