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Gender: M Meaning of Rory: "red king" Origin of Rory: Irish Rory's Popularity in 2013: #459

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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 still trending boyward: for bpys. the name came in at Number 459 in 2013 and only at Number 903 for girls, compared with a near-even split just a handful of years ago.

Rory first came to attention in the U.S. in the person of mid-century pin-up boy, Rory Calhoun (born Francis Timothy); the name entered the popularity list in 1947, peaking at Number 280 in 1959.

Young Irish U.S. Open champ Rory Mcllroy makes a worthy namesake. Bill and Melinda Gates chose Rory as the name of their only son.

Rory is a Top 40 name in Scotland and is also well used in Ireland. Skip baffling Gaelic spellings like Ruari and Ruaidhri and stick with the more straightforward Rory.

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Famous People Named Rory

Rory McIlroy, Irish golfer
Rory O'Malley, American actor
Rory Cochrane, American actor
Rory Calhoun, American actor
Rory Hugh Culkin, American actor; brother of Macaulay & Kieran
Rory Fitzpatrick, American hockey player
Rory Markas, American sportscaster
Rory Gallagher, Irish musician
Rory John Gates, son of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates
Rory Kinnear, English actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Rory

Rory, Gale's brother from "The Hunger Games"
Rory (Williams) Pond, from "Doctor Who"
Rory Flanagan, character on "Glee"
Rory Hennessy, character from the sitcom "8 Simple Rules..."
Rory Slippery, character from "Fortysomething"
Rory Green, from movie "Nanny McPhee and the Big Bang"
Rory Keaner, character from "My Babysitter's a Vampire"
Rory Brown, Character from 'Mrs Brown Boys'

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