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Roy

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born Ranking
1880 440 0 440 #37 boy name
1881 440 0 440 #34 boy name
1882 521 0 521 #33 boy name
1883 556 0 556 #30 boy name
1884 680 0 680 #26 boy name
1885 696 5 691 #24 boy name
1886 772 5 767 #20 boy name
1887 733 7 726 #20 boy name
1888 865 9 856 #20 boy name
1889 894 6 888 #18 boy name
1890 952 11 941 #18 boy name
1891 849 11 838 #18 boy name
1892 1,053 5 1,048 #18 boy name
1893 925 6 919 #18 boy name
1894 1,029 11 1,018 #18 boy name
1895 1,038 10 1,028 #19 boy name
1896 1,027 0 1,027 #19 boy name
1897 1,008 9 999 #19 boy name
1898 1,059 10 1,049 #20 boy name
1899 919 7 912 #20 boy name
1900 1,221 6 1,215 #21 boy name
1901 925 8 917 #20 boy name
1902 1,012 10 1,002 #22 boy name
1903 975 0 975 #22 boy name
1904 1,135 12 1,123 #21 boy name
1905 1,026 9 1,017 #24 boy name
1906 1,033 9 1,024 #24 boy name
1907 1,141 13 1,128 #24 boy name
1908 1,104 7 1,097 #26 boy name
1909 1,143 8 1,135 #28 boy name
1910 1,276 9 1,267 #29 boy name
1911 1,412 18 1,394 #31 boy name
1912 2,609 18 2,591 #31 boy name
1913 3,107 17 3,090 #32 boy name
1914 3,873 21 3,852 #32 boy name
1915 5,095 43 5,052 #32 boy name
1916 5,364 37 5,327 #33 boy name
1917 5,624 38 5,586 #33 boy name
1918 6,255 44 6,211 #32 boy name
1919 6,012 44 5,968 #32 boy name
1920 6,402 46 6,356 #32 boy name
1921 6,596 49 6,547 #32 boy name
1922 6,521 61 6,460 #32 boy name
1923 6,368 51 6,317 #32 boy name
1924 6,598 46 6,552 #31 boy name
1925 6,427 53 6,374 #32 boy name
1926 6,282 53 6,229 #34 boy name
1927 6,453 69 6,384 #34 boy name
1928 6,274 49 6,225 #34 boy name
1929 5,879 67 5,812 #35 boy name
1930 5,969 56 5,913 #33 boy name
1931 5,547 60 5,487 #35 boy name
1932 5,270 36 5,234 #38 boy name
1933 4,951 49 4,902 #39 boy name
1934 5,145 41 5,104 #35 boy name
1935 4,967 28 4,939 #40 boy name
1936 4,848 31 4,817 #41 boy name
1937 4,917 30 4,887 #40 boy name
1938 5,061 23 5,038 #41 boy name
1939 5,178 27 5,151 #42 boy name
1940 5,600 37 5,563 #42 boy name
1941 5,983 38 5,945 #39 boy name
1942 6,353 45 6,308 #42 boy name
1943 6,982 51 6,931 #38 boy name
1944 6,565 36 6,529 #39 boy name
1945 6,205 26 6,179 #40 boy name
1946 6,955 37 6,918 #43 boy name
1947 7,596 32 7,564 #48 boy name
1948 7,090 28 7,062 #49 boy name
1949 6,650 29 6,621 #51 boy name
1950 6,493 32 6,461 #51 boy name
1951 6,492 37 6,455 #52 boy name
1952 6,562 33 6,529 #55 boy name
1953 6,682 32 6,650 #55 boy name
1954 6,534 34 6,500 #56 boy name
1955 6,364 47 6,317 #58 boy name
1956 6,151 22 6,129 #62 boy name
1957 6,092 34 6,058 #65 boy name
1958 5,555 29 5,526 #75 boy name
1959 5,211 35 5,176 #81 boy name
1960 5,280 31 5,249 #80 boy name
1961 4,991 28 4,963 #83 boy name
1962 4,506 30 4,476 #90 boy name
1963 4,460 23 4,437 #89 boy name
1964 4,178 31 4,147 #91 boy name
1965 3,804 18 3,786 #95 boy name
1966 3,544 23 3,521 #94 boy name
1967 3,301 27 3,274 #95 boy name
1968 3,211 30 3,181 #94 boy name
1969 3,023 20 3,003
1970 3,054 15 3,039
1971 2,978 18 2,960
1972 2,495 16 2,479
1973 2,253 16 2,237
1974 2,205 18 2,187
1975 2,138 15 2,123
1976 1,886 14 1,872
1977 1,938 25 1,913
1978 1,817 17 1,800
1979 1,769 16 1,753
1980 1,801 23 1,778
1981 1,739 13 1,726
1982 1,627 11 1,616
1983 1,468 15 1,453
1984 1,400 18 1,382
1985 1,397 17 1,380
1986 1,293 10 1,283
1987 1,275 17 1,258
1988 1,174 11 1,163
1989 1,268 11 1,257
1990 1,224 0 1,224
1991 1,126 0 1,126
1992 991 0 991
1993 896 0 896
1994 860 0 860
1995 731 0 731
1996 718 0 718
1997 747 0 747
1998 653 0 653
1999 637 0 637
2000 635 0 635
2001 571 0 571
2002 564 0 564
2003 569 0 569
2004 542 0 542
2005 529 0 529
2006 596 0 596
2007 534 0 534
2008 551 0 551
2009 472 0 472
2010 453 0 453
2011 443 0 443
2012 461 0 461
2013 507 0 507
2014 519 0 519
2015 534 7 527

Fun Facts about the name Roy

  • How many people with the first name Roy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2015, the Social Security Administration has recorded 405,902 babies born with the first name Roy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roy to occupy the country of Bahamas with an estimated population of 353,658 (as of May 3, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Roy? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 440 new born babies.
  • When was Roy first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Roy is Thursday, October 22nd, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Roy born? The highest recorded use of the first name Roy was in 1947 with a total of 7,564 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roy!
  • Random Roy Factoid: According to the 1956 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roy ranks 80th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Massachusetts. Imagine that, 87 babies in Massachusetts have the same name as you in 1956.
  • Weird things about the name Roy: Your name in reverse order is Yor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Roy. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Roy? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 53,159 people with the last name Roy.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Roy? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 18 of them will have Roy as their last name.

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Popularity of Roy as a first name

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Popularity of Roy as a last name

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Common last names for Roy

  • Smith
  • Johnson
  • Williams
  • Brown
  • Miller
  • Jones
  • Davis
  • Anderson
  • Wilson
  • Taylor
  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Martin
  • Thomas
  • White
  • Nelson
  • Clark
  • Jackson
  • Harris
  • Allen

Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Roy U.S.
  White 75.20% 64.26%
  African American 9.04% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 9.69% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 1.54% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 1.96% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 2.57% 16.26%

Of Last Name Roy

People with the last name Roy are most frequently White

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Meaning, Origin, Inspirations, and Associations

Have you been wondering what does the name "Roy" mean? The list below shows the origins of Roy as well as things modernly associated with the name Roy such as celebrities named Roy.

Scottish

Origin and Meaning of Roy

The name "Roy" is of Scottish origin, and it means "Red". It's a name commonly given to boys.

Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Roy
A king.

Etymology: F. roi

adjective Roy
Royal.
Wiktionary

Anglicized spelling of a Scottish nickname from Scottish Gaelic ruadh (“red”). By folk etymology associated with Middle French roy (“king”).

  1. A male given name.
  2. A city in Utah.

Roy was also found in the following language(s): French, Norwegian, and Swedish

Notable Persons With the Name Roy

Roy Orbison

Roy Orbison was a rock, roll, rock music, rockabilly, country music, and pop music musician. He plays Gibson ES-335 and Fender Stratocaster. He holds the title Running Scared" by Roy Orbison, Oh, and Pretty Woman" by Roy Orbison. His most notable accomplishments were from 1939 to 1988. Roy was given the name Roy Kelton Orbison on April 23rd, 1936 in Vernon, Texas, U.S. Roy is also known as The Big O. He died on December 6th, 1988.

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Rock Hudson

Rock Hudson was an actor. His career lasted from 1947 to 1985. Rock was given the name Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. on November 17th, 1925 in Winnetka, Illinois, U.S. Rock is also known as Roy Harold Fitzgerald and Roc Hudson. He passed away on October 2nd, 1985.

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Roy Hodgson

Roy Hodgson is a soccer player for the England national football team, Crystal Palace F.C., Tonbridge Angels F.C., Ebbsfleet United F.C., Maidstone United F.C. (1897), Ashford United F.C., Berea Park F.C., and Carshalton Athletic F.C. Roy was born on August 9th, 1947 in Croydon, England.

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Roy Lichtenstein

Roy Lichtenstein was an artist. Roy was given the name Roy Fox Lichtenstein on October 27th, 1923 in Manhattan. He left this life on September 29th, 1997.

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RJ Mitte

RJ Mitte is an actor and film producer. His most notable accomplishments were from 2006 to present. RJ was given the name Roy Frank Mitte III on August 21st, 1992 in Lafayette, Louisiana, U.S. RJ is also known as Mitte III and Roy Frank.

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Roy Cohn

Roy Cohn was a lawyer. Roy was given the name Roy Marcus Cohn by his parent Albert C. Cohn on February 20th, 1927 in New York City. He passed away on August 2nd, 1986.

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  • Roy Scheider
    (actor)
  • Roy Keane
    (soccer player)
  • Roy Rogers
    (singer)
  • Roy Cooper
    (48)
  • Roy O. Disney
    (CEO of The Walt Disney Company)
  • Roy Hibbert
    (basketball player)
  • Roy Linwood Clark
    (musician)
  • Roy Williams
    (college coach)
  • Roy Blunt
    (Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee)
  • Roy E. Disney
    (vice chairman)
  • Roy Harper
    (musician)
  • Roy Kim
    (singing)
  • Roy Buchanan
    (musician)
  • Jr. Roy Jones
    (boxer)

Notable Persons With the Last Name Roy

Mouni Roy

Mouni Roy is an actress and dancer. She was most active from 2007 to present. Mouni was born on September 28th, 1985 in Cooch Behar, West Bengal, India.

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Raja Ram Mohan Roy

Raja Ram Mohan Roy was a leading somebody. He holds the title Raja. Raja was born on May 22nd, 1772 in Radhanagore. Raja is also known as Herald Of New Age. He breathed his last breath on September 27th, 1833.

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Arundhati Roy

Arundhati Roy is a writer. She was most prominent from 1997 to present. Arundhati was given the name Suzanna Arundhati Roy on November 24th, 1961 in Shillong, Assam , India.

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Deep Roy

Deep Roy is an actor, stuntman, puppeteer, and comedian. His ongoing career started in 1976. Deep was given the name Mohinder Purba on December 1st, 1957 in Nairobi, Kenya. Deep is also known as Gurdeep Roy, Roy Deep, and Gordeep Roy.

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Ronit Roy

Ronit Roy is a businessperson, actor, and businessman. He was most prominent from 1984 to present. Ronit was given the name Ronit Bose Roy on October 11th, 1965 in Nagpur.

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Siegfried & Roy

Siegfried & Roy is a magicians and entertainers. Siegfried was given the name Siegfried Fischbacher on June 13th, 1939 in Rosenheim, Bavaria, Germany. Siegfried is also known as Siegfried & Roy and Masters Of The Impossible.

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What does the name Roy mean?

Ris for rely, everyone's trustworthy friend.

Ois for old fashioned, you cherish the past.

Yis for young, the years never show!

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Sources: 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. Notable persons via Wikipedia: Titles and License. Click each image for the attribution information.

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