Rory

First Name
32k
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
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in 2010
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Meaning and Origin

What does the name Rory mean? Find out below.

Origin and Meaning of Rory

"Rory" is a name of Irish origin, and it means "Red King". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Ro"ry
Dewy.

Etymology: L. ros roris, dew

Wiktionary

Anglicized from Scottish Gaelic Ruairidh, Ruaraidh and Irish Ruaidhrí, Ruairí meaning “red-haired king”, from rua(dh) (“red-coloured hair of foxes, etc.”) and rí (“king”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. A female given name

Notable Persons Named Rory

Rory was born on July 22nd, 1989 in Quesnel, British Columbia, Canada. He passed away in 2014.

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Rory McIlroy is a golf player.

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Rory Kinnear is an actor and playwright. He was most active from 2000 to present. Rory was born as the child of Roy Kinnear and Carmel Cryan on February 17th, 1978 in London, England.

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Rory McCann is an actor. His ongoing career started in 1999. Rory was born on April 24th, 1969 in Glasgow.

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Rory Gallagher was a rock, blues, folk music, and jazz musician. He plays Vocals, guitar, bass, mandolin, saxophone, sitar, harmonica, banjo, dulcimer, dobro, Electric sitar, Appalachian dulcimer, and Fender Stratocaster. His career lasted from 1963 to 1995. Rory was given the name William Rory Gallagher on March 2nd, 1948 in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland. Rory is also known as Liam Rory Gallagher. He breathed his last breath on June 14th, 1995.

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Rory Regan is a comics character.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Rory

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How popular is the baby name Rory in the U.S.?

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1933 5 0 5
1939 5 0 5
1940 7 0 7
1941 10 0 10
1942 16 0 16
1943 14 0 14
1944 14 0 14
1945 20 0 20
1946 36 0 36
1947 114 41 73
1948 165 43 122
1949 195 45 150
1950 204 41 163
1951 166 32 134
1952 175 12 163
1953 236 22 214
1954 308 13 295
1955 392 17 375
1956 544 34 510
1957 493 19 474
1958 503 16 487
1959 820 17 803
1960 648 11 637
1961 518 14 504
1962 523 14 509
1963 397 9 388
1964 372 9 363
1965 358 5 353
1966 255 0 255
1967 202 0 202
1968 189 18 171
1969 456 105 351
1970 332 51 281
1971 240 36 204
1972 219 32 187
1973 155 24 131
1974 193 27 166
1975 181 21 160
1976 275 33 242
1977 589 51 538
1978 457 39 418
1979 370 28 342
1980 384 28 356
1981 452 26 426
1982 778 42 736
1983 575 40 535
1984 586 38 548
1985 538 39 499
1986 476 32 444
1987 417 27 390
1988 440 34 406
1989 433 39 394
1990 404 31 373
1991 365 31 334
1992 301 29 272
1993 252 24 228
1994 258 35 223
1995 234 30 204
1996 282 40 242
1997 285 45 240
1998 355 53 302
1999 346 59 287
2000 375 85 290
2001 378 142 236
2002 445 187 258
2003 550 234 316
2004 465 201 264
2005 481 198 283
2006 477 231 246
2007 505 245 260
2008 556 275 281
2009 589 287 302
2010 549 245 304
2011 701 288 413
2012 812 248 564
2013 895 285 610
2014 1,076 329 747
2015 1,270 418 852
2016 1,286 465 821
2017 1,388 532 856

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Popularity of Rory as a first name

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Common last names for Rory

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Fun Facts about the name Rory

  • What name lists does Rory rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Rory? Rory is the 1,316th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Rory have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 32,330 babies born with the first name Rory in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rory to occupy the country of San Marino with an estimated population of 32,312 (as of March 31, 2012).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rory? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1933 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
  • When was Rory first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rory is Wednesday, August 16th, 1882.
  • What year had the most people named Rory born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rory was in 2017 with a total of 856 babies.
  • Random Rory Factoid: According to the 1960 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rory ranks 84th in popularity as a baby boy's name in North Dakota. Imagine that, 19 babies in North Dakota have the same name as you in 1960.
  • Weird things about the name Rory: Your name in reverse order is Yror. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yrro. How do you pronounce that?

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  • U.S. Census Bureau: Frequently Occurring Surnames from the Census 2000 (public domain).
  • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
  • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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