Royal

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
adjective Roy"al
Senses
  1. Kingly; pertaining to the crown or the sovereign; suitable for a king or queen; regal; as, royal power or prerogative; royal domains; the royal family; royal state.
  2. Noble; generous; magnificent; princely."How doth that royal merchant, good Antonio?" [Shak.]
  3. Under the patronage of royality; holding a charter granted by the sovereign; as, the Royal Academy of Arts; the Royal Society.
    synonyms: Kingly; regal; monarchical; imperial; kinglike; princely; august; majestic; superb; splendid; illustrious; noble; magnanimous.

Etymology: OE. roial riall real, OF. roial. reial, F. royal, fr. L. regalis, fr. rex regis, king. See Rich, and cf. regal real a coin, Rial

noun Roy"al
Senses
  1. Printing and writing papers of particular sizes. See under paper (n.)
  2. [Naut] A small sail immediately above the topgallant sail.
  3. [Zoöl] One of the upper or distal branches of an antler, as the third and fourth tynes of the antlers of a stag.
  4. [Gun] A small mortar.
  5. [Mil] One of the soldiers of the first regiment of foot of the British army, formerly called the Royals, and supposed to be the oldest regular corps in Europe; -- now called the Royal Scots.
  6. An old English coin. See Rial.
  7. [Auction Bridge] A royal spade.
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  1. Stag with antlers of 12 or more branches
  2. A sail set next above the topgallant on a royal mast
  3. Invested with royal power as symbolized by a crown ("the royal (or crowned) heads of Europe")
  4. Belonging to or befitting a supreme ruler ("treated with royal acclaim" and "the royal carriage of a stag's head")
  5. Being of the rank of a monarch ("of royal ancestry" and "princes of the blood royal")
  6. Of or relating to or indicative of or issued or performed by a king or queen or other monarch ("the royal party", "the royal crest", "by royal decree", and "a royal visit")
  7. Established or chartered or authorized by royalty ("the Royal Society")
Wiktionary

Borrowing from Old French roial (Modern French royal), from Latin rēgālis, from rēx (“king”). Doublet of regal (“befitting a king”) and real (“unit of currency”).

  1. A royal person; a member of a royal family.
  2. (paper, printing) A standard size of printing paper, measuring 25 by 20 inches.
  3. (dated) The Australian decimal currency intended to replace the pound in 1966; was changed to "dollar" before it was actually circulated.
  4. The fourth tine of an antler's beam.
  5. A stag with twelve points (six on each antler).
  6. (nautical) In large sailing ships, square sail over the topgallant sail.
  7. An old English gold coin, the rial.
  8. (military) A small mortar.
  9. (card games) In auction bridge, a royal spade.

royal was also found in the following language(s): French and Middle French

Notable Persons Named Royal

Royal Dano was an actor. His most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to present. Royal was given the name Royal Edward Dano on November 16th, 1922. He died on May 15th, 1994.

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She was most prominent from 1686 to 1688. Royal was born on November 3rd, 1659 in South Korea. She left this life on November 9th, 1701.

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Royal Robbins is a rock climber, author, ceo, and rock climbing. Royal was born on February 3rd, 1935 in West Virginia, U.S.

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Knoc-Turn'Al is a hip hop music, gangsta rap, west coast hip hop, and soul music rapper, singer, and rapping. He was most prominent from 1999 to present. Knoc-Turn'Al was given the name Royal Harbor on May 12th, 1975 in Long Beach, California. Knoc-Turn'Al is also known as Knoc-Turn'al and Knoc.

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Royal Ivey is a basketball player for the Oklahoma City Blue, Milwaukee Bucks, Philadelphia 76ers, Oklahoma City Thunder, Guangdong Southern Tigers, and Atlanta Hawks in the NBA Development League. His most notable accomplishments were from 2004 to 2014. Royal was born on December 20th, 1981 in Harlem.

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Royal was born on October 21st, 1936 in Saint Helena Parish, Louisiana. He died on July 5th, 1997.

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Notable Persons With the Last Name Royal

Ségolène Royal is a President of the Regional Council of Poitou-Charentes, Deputy of the National Assembly, for Deux-Sèvres' 2nd constituency, Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development, Energy, President of the Regional CouncilofPoitou-Charentes, Minister of the Environme. Ségolène was born on September 22nd, 1953 in Ouakam.

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Jasleen Royal is a composer, singer, instrumentalist, lyricist, and singing. Jasleen was given the name Jasleen Kaur Royal on July 8th, 1991 in Ludhiana, Punjab, India.

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Darrell Royal was a college coach. Darrell was born on July 6th, 1924 in Hollis, Oklahoma. He passed away on November 7th, 2012.

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Billy Joe Royal was a rock, roll, and country music musician. He plays Vocals, acoustic guitar, and piano. His most notable accomplishments were from 1950 to 2015. Billy was born on April 3rd, 1942 in Valdosta, Georgia. He passed away on October 6th, 2015.

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Eddie Royal is a football player for the Chicago Bears. Eddie was born on May 21st, 1986 in Alexandria, Virginia.

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The Lord Strathcona and Mount Royal was a Member of Parliament for Selkirk, [[#External links, Member of ParliamentforSelkirk, Canadian High Commissioner to the United Kingdom, and High Commission of Canada to the United Kingdom. The was born on August 6th, 1820 in Forres. He died on January 21st, 1914.

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

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Year Total Babies Born Girls Born Boys Born
1880 26 0 26
1881 20 0 20
1882 27 0 27
1883 21 0 21
1884 32 0 32
1885 28 0 28
1886 19 0 19
1887 24 0 24
1888 40 0 40
1889 37 0 37
1890 31 0 31
1891 33 0 33
1892 42 0 42
1893 38 0 38
1894 23 0 23
1895 32 0 32
1896 26 0 26
1897 20 0 20
1898 26 0 26
1899 28 0 28
1900 25 0 25
1901 23 0 23
1902 31 0 31
1903 28 0 28
1904 30 0 30
1905 30 0 30
1906 38 0 38
1907 28 0 28
1908 38 0 38
1909 41 0 41
1910 44 0 44
1911 36 0 36
1912 100 0 100
1913 91 0 91
1914 125 0 125
1915 157 0 157
1916 174 0 174
1917 186 0 186
1918 223 0 223
1919 202 0 202
1920 200 0 200
1921 191 0 191
1922 228 0 228
1923 226 0 226
1924 214 0 214
1925 201 0 201
1926 180 0 180
1927 196 0 196
1928 190 8 182
1929 217 5 212
1930 158 0 158
1931 158 10 148
1932 149 0 149
1933 152 7 145
1934 127 0 127
1935 123 0 123
1936 128 0 128
1937 136 5 131
1938 134 0 134
1939 112 0 112
1940 127 0 127
1941 108 0 108
1942 124 0 124
1943 122 0 122
1944 135 0 135
1945 150 6 144
1946 127 7 120
1947 160 6 154
1948 131 5 126
1949 129 0 129
1950 112 0 112
1951 134 0 134
1952 104 0 104
1953 118 0 118
1954 114 5 109
1955 110 6 104
1956 130 0 130
1957 100 0 100
1958 72 7 65
1959 91 0 91
1960 95 0 95
1961 90 0 90
1962 79 0 79
1963 69 0 69
1964 78 0 78
1965 83 5 78
1966 66 0 66
1967 66 0 66
1968 49 0 49
1969 65 0 65
1970 73 0 73
1971 67 0 67
1972 65 6 59
1973 50 0 50
1974 49 0 49
1975 46 0 46
1976 57 8 49
1977 58 6 52
1978 66 6 60
1979 63 7 56
1980 64 12 52
1981 58 9 49
1982 55 0 55
1983 64 6 58
1984 49 8 41
1985 57 5 52
1986 48 0 48
1987 47 5 42
1988 61 6 55
1989 50 6 44
1990 76 10 66
1991 60 8 52
1992 50 7 43
1993 61 11 50
1994 61 9 52
1995 49 7 42
1996 60 11 49
1997 53 6 47
1998 61 9 52
1999 57 8 49
2000 61 11 50
2001 64 7 57
2002 62 9 53
2003 60 7 53
2004 75 14 61
2005 74 6 68
2006 84 10 74
2007 129 14 115
2008 124 14 110
2009 147 25 122
2010 163 18 145
2011 183 35 148
2012 225 32 193
2013 290 59 231
2014 742 254 488
2015 1,026 378 648
2016 1,135 474 661
2017 984 415 569

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Popularity of Royal as a first name

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Popularity of Royal as a last name

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Ethnicity Distribution

Ethnicity Royal U.S.
  White 51.84% 64.26%
  African American 40.83% 11.96%
  Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.82% 4.85%
  American Indian and Alaska Native 0.56% 0.69%
  Two or More Ethnicities 2.77% 1.76%
  Hispanic or Latino 3.18% 16.26%

Of Last Name Royal

People with the last name Royal are most frequently White or African American

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Fun Facts about the name Royal

  • What name lists does Royal rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Royal? Royal is the 1,898th most popular name of all time. As a last name Royal was the 2,319th most popular name in 2010.
  • How many people with the first name Royal have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 16,144 babies born with the first name Royal in the United States. That's more than enough people named Royal to occupy the territory of Anguilla (United Kingdom) with an estimated population of 15,236 (as of July 1, 2011).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Royal? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 26 new born babies.
  • When was Royal first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Royal is Sunday, December 20th, 1868.
  • What year had the most people named Royal born? The highest recorded use of the first name Royal was in 2016 with a total of 661 babies.
  • Random Royal Factoid: According to the 2016 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Royal ranks 65th in popularity as a baby girl's name in District of Columbia. Imagine that, 15 babies in District of Columbia have the same name as you in 2016.
  • Weird things about the name Royal: Your name in reverse order is Layor. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Yorla. How do you pronounce that?
  • How many people have the last name Royal? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 15,755 people with the last name Royal.
  • How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Royal? If you manage to meet 100,000 people in your life, chances are that 5 of them will have Royal 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)
  • Other Dictionary Sources: WordNet 3.1 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University (License).
  • Wiktionary: Titles and License.
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