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Gender: M 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 "Names on NB that make you go WOW!".

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. For boys, the name came in at Number 387 in 2016 and only at Number 637 for girls, compared with a near-even split just a handful of years ago.

In England and Wales, however, where Rory ranks in the Top 100 for boys, 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 Top 100 name for boys in England and Wales, a Top 40 name in Scotland and is also well used in Ireland. 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)

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

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