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Gender: Male Meaning of Roy: "red-haired" Origin of Roy: French "king,"; Celtic "red-haired" Roy's Popularity in 2018: #542

The name Roy is a boy's name of French, Celtic origin meaning "red-haired". Roy is ranked #542 on our popularity charts and is often added to lists like Short Baby Names and discussed in our forums with posts like "Your Six Kids - Take Three, Leave Three".

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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Pop Culture References for the name Roy

Rey, Roi, Roye, Ruy

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raevynstar Says:


I've liked this name for a long time! I think it should be more popular.