"red king"

Rory Origin and Meaning

The name Rory is both a boy's name and a girl's name of Scottish, Irish origin meaning "red king".
Rory is a buoyant, spirited name for a redhead with Celtic roots. The name Rory is getting more popular overall, but for the past few years has been trending decidedly toward the boys' side -- however, it's been rising to new heights for girls in recent years.

It's worth noting, however, that while Rory is used a third of the time for girls in the US, in Britain it's never used as a girls' name. In London or Liverpool, naming your daughter Rory is like naming her....Roger.

Rory (or Rori) might also be a nickname for Aurora. In the TV series Gilmore Girls, Rory was the nickname of Lorelai Leigh, the daughter character played by Alexis Biedel whose mother, played by Lauren Graham, was also named (and called) Lorelai.

Robert Kennedy's youngest daughter, born after his assassination and now a respected documentary filmmaker, is named Rory. Actress Melora Hardin named her daughter Rory Melora.
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Famous People Named Rory

  • Aurora 'Rory' BlockAmerican blues guitarist
  • Ellen "Rory" FlackAmerican figure skater
  • Rory Elizabeth Katherine KennedyAmerican filmmaker, daughter of politician Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel
  • Rory QuintosFilipino TV and film director
  • Rory Flynn (b. 1947)writer; daughter of actor Errol Flynn and Nora Eddington
  • Rory Lerman Green (b. 1969)daughter of novelist Jackie Collins
  • Rory Eleanor Taylor (b. 1986)daughter of drummer Roger Taylor of Queen
  • Rory Melora Jackson (b. 2001)daughter of actress Melora Hardin
  • Rory Lane Huggar (b. 2017)daughter of singer RL of R&B group Next

Rory in Pop Culture

  • Lorelai "Rory" Gilmoremain character on TV's "Gilmore Girls"
  • Rory Thayercharacter in the movie "Accepted"
  • Aurora "Rory" Deveauxmain character in the "Shades of London" series
  • Rory Swensoncharacter in the book "Finally"
  • Rory Mercurycharacter on the anime "GATE"