Roy name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

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Origin and Meaning of Roy

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  1. According to 3 people from all over the world, the name Roy is of English origin and means "King".
  2. According to a user from Arizona, U.S., the name Roy means "King originally spelled Roi".
  3. A user from California, U.S. says the name Roy is of American origin and means "A great leader. And servant".
  4. According to a user from Virginia, U.S., the name Roy means "royalty".
  5. According to a user from New Mexico, U.S., the name Roy means "Royal".
  6. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Roy is of Irish origin and means "Gift of god".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Roy
A king.

Etymology: F. roi

adjective Roy

English, Scottish, and French name of Norman origin. Originating from the Normans, the descendants of Norse Vikings from Denmark, Norway and Iceland who later migrated to Normandy. The derivation is from the word roy, meaning "king".

  1. A male given name from Scottish Gaelic.
  2. A city in Utah.
  3. A surname​ of Anglo-Norman origin.
  4. A surname​ of Old French origin.
  5. A surname​ of Scottish Gaelic origin.
  6. A surname​ of Bengali origin.

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

Notable Persons Named Roy

Notable Persons Named 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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 Keane
    Soccer Player
  • Roy Rogers
  • Roy Cooper
  • Roy O. Disney
    CEO of The Walt Disney Company
  • Roy Hibbert
    Basketball Player
  • Roy Linwood Clark
  • Roy Williams
    College Coach
  • Roy Blunt
    Chairman of the Senate Rules Committee
  • Roy E. Disney
    Vice Chairman
  • Roy Harper
  • Roy Kim
  • Roy Buchanan
  • Jr. Roy Jones

Notable Persons With the Last Name Roy

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.

Raja Ram Mohan Roy

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.


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

  • What name lists does Roy rank for?
  • How Popular is the name Roy? Roy is the 168th 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 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 408,082 babies born with the first name Roy in the United States. That's more than enough people named Roy to occupy the territory of Martinique (France) with an estimated population of 408,000 (as of July 1, 2012).
  • 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 7,562 babies. That's a lot of babies named Roy!
  • Random Roy Factoid: According to the 1959 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Roy ranks 95th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Kansas. Imagine that, 53 babies in Kansas have the same name in 1959.
  • Weird things about the name Roy: The name spelled backwards is Yor. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Oyr. 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.
  • Roy name meaning

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