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Roy

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since 1880
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Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Roy

"Roy" is a name 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 Named Roy

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 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 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 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 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 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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Notable Persons With the Last Name 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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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 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 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 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 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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How popular is the baby name Roy in the U.S.?

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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 1,025 9 1,016 #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 6,399 46 6,353 #32 boy name
1921 6,595 49 6,546 #32 boy name
1922 6,520 61 6,459 #32 boy name
1923 6,368 51 6,317 #32 boy name
1924 6,603 46 6,557 #31 boy name
1925 6,428 53 6,375 #32 boy name
1926 6,280 53 6,227 #34 boy name
1927 6,454 69 6,385 #34 boy name
1928 6,275 49 6,226 #34 boy name
1929 5,880 67 5,813 #35 boy name
1930 5,971 56 5,915 #33 boy name
1931 5,549 60 5,489 #35 boy name
1932 5,270 36 5,234 #38 boy name
1933 4,952 49 4,903 #39 boy name
1934 5,144 41 5,103 #35 boy name
1935 4,967 28 4,939 #40 boy name
1936 4,847 31 4,816 #41 boy name
1937 4,918 30 4,888 #40 boy name
1938 5,061 23 5,038 #41 boy name
1939 5,180 27 5,153 #42 boy name
1940 5,601 37 5,564 #42 boy name
1941 5,984 38 5,946 #39 boy name
1942 6,351 45 6,306 #42 boy name
1943 6,984 51 6,933 #38 boy name
1944 6,564 36 6,528 #39 boy name
1945 6,206 26 6,180 #40 boy name
1946 6,955 37 6,918 #43 boy name
1947 7,595 32 7,563 #48 boy name
1948 7,093 28 7,065 #49 boy name
1949 6,647 29 6,618 #51 boy name
1950 6,491 32 6,459 #51 boy name
1951 6,503 38 6,465 #52 boy name
1952 6,561 32 6,529 #55 boy name
1953 6,682 32 6,650 #55 boy name
1954 6,539 34 6,505 #56 boy name
1955 6,365 47 6,318 #58 boy name
1956 6,152 22 6,130 #62 boy name
1957 6,092 33 6,059 #65 boy name
1958 5,553 30 5,523 #75 boy name
1959 5,210 35 5,175 #81 boy name
1960 5,281 31 5,250 #80 boy name
1961 4,991 28 4,963 #83 boy name
1962 4,507 30 4,477 #90 boy name
1963 4,458 23 4,435 #89 boy name
1964 4,180 31 4,149 #91 boy name
1965 3,803 18 3,785 #95 boy name
1966 3,545 23 3,522 #94 boy name
1967 3,301 27 3,274 #95 boy name
1968 3,210 30 3,180 #94 boy name
1969 3,022 20 3,002
1970 3,054 15 3,039
1971 2,978 18 2,960
1972 2,495 16 2,479
1973 2,252 16 2,236
1974 2,204 18 2,186
1975 2,139 15 2,124
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 1,802 23 1,779
1981 1,738 13 1,725
1982 1,627 11 1,616
1983 1,470 15 1,455
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 1,127 0 1,127
1992 991 0 991
1993 897 0 897
1994 861 0 861
1995 732 0 732
1996 718 0 718
1997 747 0 747
1998 654 0 654
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 597 0 597
2007 534 0 534
2008 552 0 552
2009 472 0 472
2010 453 0 453
2011 443 0 443
2012 463 0 463
2013 508 0 508
2014 520 0 520
2015 538 7 531
2016 536 0 536

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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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  • Thompson
  • Moore
  • Martin
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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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Fun Facts about the name Roy

  • How Popular is the name Roy? Roy is the 167th most popular name of all time. As a last name Roy was the 640th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Roy have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2016, the Social Security Administration has recorded 406,474 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 7,563 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roy!
  • Random Roy Factoid: According to the 1937 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roy ranks 27th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Nevada. Imagine that, 8 babies in Nevada have the same name as you in 1937.
  • 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 Yor. 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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  • 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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