This spirited Gaelic classic, which became popular in Ireland via the illustrious twelfth century king Rory O'Connor, makes a highly energetic choice, now used for either sex. Rory's gender split is trending boyward: 58% of the children named Rory in the most recent year counted were boys and 42% girls, compared with a near-even split just a few years ago.
Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. While the numbers of Rorys are nearly even by gender, Rory shows up higher on the boys' popularity list and has been trending over the past few years toward the boys' side: at most recent count, babies named Rory were 58 percent boys, 41 percent girls. Rory (or Rori) might also be a nickname for Aurora. In the TV series Gilmore Girls, Rory was the nickname for Lorelei.