Gender: Male Meaning of Rory: "red king" Origin of Rory: Irish Rory's Popularity in 2018: #368

Rory Origin and Meaning

The name Rory is a boy's name of Irish origin meaning "red king".

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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Rank in US: #368

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Pop Culture References for the name Rory

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


cmailest Says:


I want to love it, but it's physically impossible for me to say this name! total peanut butter name

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.