English word name

Royal Origin and Meaning

The name Royal is a boy's name of French, English origin meaning "royal".

Even less subtle than Duke or Earl, this name shot up the popularity charts in 2013, the same year young Prince George was born and the craze for all things royal (and Royal) began. Today, it's a leading boys' name on Nameberry's own popularity charts.

While Royal ranks on the US Top 1000 list for both girls and boys, It's rising precipitously for boys but softening for girls. There are currently nearly three times as many boy babies named Royal as girls..

Pop culture references: the hit Lorde song "Royals.", the Wes Anderson film The Royal Tenenbaums (in which the paterfamilias was named Royal), and most recently, the Amazon Prime series Outer Range, a supernatural neo-Western starring Josh Brolin as Royal Abbott.

The name's resemblance to the more classic Roy doesn't hurt either.

# 402 in the US

Royal Rank in US Top 1000

# 1 on Nameberry

Royal Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Royal Popularity

Famous People Named Royal

  • Royal Edward DanoAmerican actor
  • Royal Eason IngersollU.S. Navy four,star admiral
  • Royal Harbor aka Knocturn'al, American rapper
  • Royal RifeAmerican inventor; claimed to know cancer cure
  • Royal Wilderbrother,in,law of American novelist Laura Ingalls Wilder
  • Royal Lamarson of rapper Rich Homie Quan

Royal in Pop Culture

  • Nathan Royal Scottmain character "One Tree Hill"
  • Royal Gardnerfrom Lucy Maud Montgomery's "Anne of the Island"
  • Royal Tenenbaummain character in Wes Anderson's "The Royal Tenenbaums"
  • Royal Gould Wildercharacter in the Little House series

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