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Gender: Male Meaning of Roy: "red-haired" Origin of Roy: French "king,"; Celtic "red-haired" Roy's Popularity in 2017: #537

The name Roy is a boy's name of French, Celtic origin meaning "red-haired". Roy is ranked #537 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Would you rather?".

From the experts:

We've seen Ray regain his cool, but could this country/cowboy name epitomized by Roy Rogers (born Leonard Slye), Acuff, and Clark, do the same?

Roy came into use in the late nineteenth 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 Choi, Korean American chef
Roy Kelton Orbison, American rock 'n' roll singer
Roy David McMillan, American baseball player
Roy Fox Lichtenstein, American pop artist
Harry Leroy "Roy" Halladay III, American baseball player
Roy Claxton Acuff, American country music singer
Roy Rogers (born Leonard Franklin Slye), American Western actor/singer
Roy Horn (born Uwe Ludwig Horn), German-American magician of Siegfried & Roy
Roy Alton Blount Jr., American humor writer
Roy Jay Glauber, American theoretical physicist and Nobel prize winner
Roy Campanella, American baseball player
Roy Richard Scheider, American actor
Roy Oliver Disney, American co-founder of Walt Disney Co.; brother of Walt Disney
Roy Edward Disney, American executive of Walt Disney Co.; nephew of Walt Disney
Roy Frank "RJ" Mitte III, American actor
Roy Lane Marble, American basketball player
Roy Frederick Smalley, Jr. and III, American baseball players
Roy Dupuis, French-Canadian actor
Roy Marcus Cohn, American McCarthy-era attorney
Roy Halston Frowick, American fashion designer
Roy Kent Head, American singer
Roy Wilkins, American civil rights activist
Roy Fegan, American actor
Roy Lichtenstein, Pop art artist

Pop Culture References for the name Roy

Roy, protagonist in the video game "Fire Emblem: Sword of Seals"
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"
Roy Anderson, character on US TV series "The Office"
Roy's Hawaiian Fusion restaurants in Los Angeles
Roy DeSoto, character on TV show "Emergency"
Roy G. Bivolo aka Rainbow Raider, character on TV's "The Flash"
Roy Harper, DC Comics superhero named Arsenal, also character on the CW tv series "Arrow", based on the Green Arrow comics, played by Colton Haynes
Roy, character in the video game "Harvest Moon: Animal Parade"

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