Roy - boys name

Roy name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 81%

Roy name meaning:

The name Roy is derived from the Gaelic word "ruadh," meaning "red-haired" or "red." It is commonly used as a given name for boys. The name Roy has different cultural origins and variations, such as Ruadhri in Irish and Ruaridh in Scottish.

Roy has a strong and masculine sound, conveying qualities of strength, courage, and leadership. It is a name that is often associated with nobility and greatness. People with the name Roy are typically seen as confident, charismatic, and ambitious individuals.

The name Roy has been used by various notable figures throughout history, including writers, actors, musicians, and athletes. Its meaning and popularity have transcended different cultures and time periods. Overall, the name Roy carries a sense of distinction and individuality, making it a popular choice for parents looking for a strong and timeless name for their baby boy.

Origin: French



Unisex names

Other boys names beginning with R


Overall UK ranking: 907 out of 4789

33 recorded births last year

Change in rank

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (871)

Historical popularity of Roy

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