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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 19th 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 McMillan, American baseball player
Roy Lichtenstein, American artist
Roy Halliday, American Baseball Player
Roy Acuff, country music singer
Roy Orbison, rock singer
Roy Rogers, actor
Roy Fegan, American actor
Roy J. Glauber, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Roy Frank "RJ" Mitte III, American actor
Roy Marble, American Basketball player

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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