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Gender: M Meaning of Roy: "red-haired" Origin of Roy: French Roy's Popularity in 2013: #524

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We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roys Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same?

Roy came into use in the late nineteenth century, probably influenced by the main character of Sir Walter Scott's novel Rob Roy, in which the historical character Robert M'ac Gregor is nicknamed Roy for his red hair.

There have been lots of notable non-country namesakes, including baseball's Roy Campanella, humorist Roy Blunt, Jr., Walt's brother and partner Roy Disney, singer Roy Orbison and pop artist Roy Lichtenstein. Roy Hobbs was the protagonist of the Malamud novel The Natural, played in the film by Robert Redford.

Roy was also the first name of clothing designer Halston.

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Famous People Named Roy

Roy Kelton Orbison, American rock 'n' roll singer
Roy David McMillan, American baseball player
Roy Fox Lichtenstein, American pop artist
Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III, American baseball player
Roy Claxton Acuff, American country music singer
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye), American Western actor/singer
Roy Horn (born Uwe Ludwig Horn), German-American magician of Siegfried & Roy
Roy Alton Blount, Jr., American humor writer
Roy Jay Glauber, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Roy Campanella, American baseball player
Roy Richard Scheider, American actor
Roy Oliver Disney, American co-founder of Walt Disney Co.
Roy Edward Disney, American executive of Walt Disney Co.
Roy Frank "RJ" Mitte III, American actor
Roy Lane Marble, American basketball player
Roy Frederick Smalley, Jr. and III, American baseball players
Roy Dupuis, French-Canadian actor
Roy Marcus Cohn, American McCarthy-era attorney
Roy Halston Frowick, American fashion designer
Roy Kent Head, American singer
Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist
Roy Fegan, American actor

Pop Culture References for the Name Roy

Roy Trenneman, character on "The IT Crowd"
Roy Mustang, character from the manga/anime "Fullmetal Alchemist"
Roy Dillon, from movie "The Grifters" played by John Cusack
Roy Wally, character in National Lampoon's "Vacation"

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