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Gender: Male Meaning of Rory: "red king" Origin of Rory: Irish Rory's Popularity in 2017: #379

The name Rory is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "red king". Rory is ranked #379 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Attitude Names for Boys and discussed in our forums with posts like "Rate the Previous Signature!".

From the experts:

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; it's one of the coolest boys' names starting with R.

In England and Wales, however, the name is virtually never given to girls. It's seen as thoroughly male (and non-female) as Roger or Richard.

Rory first came to attention in the US 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 popular choice all throughout the UK. 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, Northern Irish golfer
Rory Storm (born Alan Caldwell), English singer of Rory Storm and the Hurricanes
Rory James O'Malley, American actor
Rory Cochrane, American actor
Rory Calhoun (born Francis Timothy McCown), American actor
Rory Hugh Culkin, American actor; brother of Macaulay and Kieran Culkin
Rory Brian Fitzpatrick, American hockey player
Rory Markas, American sportscaster
(William) Rory Gallagher, Irish blues-rock musician
Rory Kinnear, English actor
Rory Best, Irish rugby union player
Rory Byrne, South African car designer
Rory John Delap, English-Irish footballer
Rory Jason Reid, American politician; son of former U.S. Speaker of the House Harry Reid
Rory John Gates (b. 1999), son of Microsoft's Bill and Melinda Gates
Rory Dartanyan Blackmore (b. 2012), son of musicians Richie Blackmore and Candice Night of Blackmore's Night
Rory McCann, Scottish actor (best known for playing Sandor “The Hound” Clegane on Game of Thrones)
Rory Zane Ross, American actor

Pop Culture References for the name Rory

Rory Hawthorne, Gale's brother from "The Hunger Games"
Rory Pond (ne Williams), 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"
Rory, character from TV's "Little Lunch"
Rory Regan aka Ragman, character on TV's "Arrow"
Rory Monahan from TV series "American Horror Story: Roanoke" portrayed by Evan Peters
Rory from TV's "Rory the Racing Car"
Rory Swann, character from the StarCraft series

Rorry, Ruairi, Ruaidhrigh, Ruaraí, Ruairidh, Rorrie, Ruaidri, Ruari, Rori, Ruaraidh, Ruadhri, Ruadri, Ruaridh, Rorey, Ruaidhri


priviledgedpistachios Says:


Rory for a boy is starting to grow on me. Rory Charles is my favorite combo

Netta5187 Says:


Cute name on a boy!

Haids1987 Says:


I keep seeing this name on Nameberry and I don't get it. It's nothing special to me other than it being the name of 2 different TV characters (one male, one female).

EW314 Says:


I really like it. It's well-used here in the UK, but not too too popular.

nipnerb Says:


Roar-y. Sounds like something you would name a lion. I think this name sounds too American, with it's strong, unrolled, R sounds. It's also very overused in books.

actingfun Says:


I have a friend named Rory, and he's awesome. A darkish blue comes to mind when I hear it.

JessicaRK467 Says:


That is really funny!

Zelliew Says:


I like it - It has an edge to it

ThistleThorn Says:


Too many R sounds.

morgannalucia Says:


Yep, it was a nurse at his pediatricians office! crazy

CocoWhite Says:


I would think the pronunciation would be obvious, no?

morgannalucia Says:


I named my son Rory in 2011. I think it really suits him but I've been asked how to pronounce it (which is astounding to me). Anyways, I love this name.

Sweekune Says:


A handsome and playful name for a boy.