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Gender: F Meaning of Rory: "red king" Origin of Rory: Irish Rory's Popularity in 2014: #840

Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. The name Rory is getting more popular overall, but for the past few years has been trending decidedly toward the boys' side -- however, it was also one of the on-the-rise names for girls in 2013.

It's worth noting, however, that while Rory is used a third of the time for girls in the US, in Britain it's never used as a girls' name. According the 2014 baby name statistics for England and Wales, Rory ranked in the boys' Top 100, given to over 450 baby boys, but was given to no baby girls. In London or Liverpool, naming your daughter Rory is like naming her....Roger.

Rory (or Rori) might also be a nickname for Aurora. In the TV series Gilmore Girls, Rory was the nickname for Lorelai.

Robert Kennedy's youngest daughter, born after his assassination and now a respected documentary filmmaker, is named Rory. Actress Melora Hardin named her daughter Rory Melora.

Famous People Named Rory

Aurora 'Rory' Block, American blues guitarist
Rory Flack, American figure skater
Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy, American filmmaker, daughter of politician Robert F. Kennedy
Rory Quintos, Filipino TV and film director
Rory Flynn (1947), writer; daughter of actor Errol Flynn and Nora Eddington
Rory Melora Jackson (b. 2001), daughter of actress Melora Hardin

Pop Culture References for the name Rory

Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore, main character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
Rory Thayer, character in the movie "Accepted"
"Rory," Aurora Deveaux, main character in the "Shades of London" series

Rorie, Rori, Roree, Rorey

Rory's International Variations

Ruaidri, Ruairí (Irish Gaelic) Ruaraidh (Scottish Gaelic)