Roy Name Meaning & Origin
Origin of the name Roy:
use of the surname which originated as a descriptive nickname for a person with red hair or a ruddy complexion. It is derived from the Gaelic ruadh (red).
From A World of Baby Names by Teresa Norman.
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A tough, masculine name!
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My older cousins name is Roy, and I don't think it's a terrible name but it's rather short.
I knew a guy named Roy
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Mongroy, LeRoy, Hungroy, Mongrel, Arroy
- Meanings and history of the name Roy: | Edit
May come from "ruadh", the Gaelic word for red, or from "roi", French for king. Can be used as an independent name or as a short form of names like Leroy and Elroy.
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Roy Rogers (born Leonard Schley), American actor and singing cowboy
Roy Harold Scherer, Jr. was the real name of Rock Hudson, American actor
Roy Lichtenstein, American artist
Roy Lee "Rocky" Dennis, craniodiaphyseal dysplasia sufferer who inspired the movie "Mask"
Roy Nelson, UFC fighter commonly referred to as "Big Country"
Roy Orbison, American singer and rock and roll pioneer
Roy Bean (born Phantly Roy Bean, Jr.), eccentric judge and saloon-keeper of the Old West
Roy Campanella, American baseball player
Roy Halladay (born Harry Leroy Halladay III), American baseball player
Roy Clark, country music singer known for his guitar playing and the television show "Hee-Haw"
Roy Scheider, American actor
Roy Horn, German-American musician, who with his partner Siegfried Fischbacher was famous for performing with exotic animals
Roy Acuff, the "King of Country Music"
Roy Cohn, American lawyer and counsel to Sen. Joseph McCarthy
Roy Blount, Jr., American writer and humorist
Roy Andrews, American naturalist
Roy Hargrove, American jazz musician
Rob Roy, Scottish folk hero of early 18th century
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The main character in the movie "The Fall" was named Roy.
Roy Hobbs, main character in the Bernard Malamud novel "The Natural"; played by Robert Redford in movie version.
Roy Mustang - From the manga Fullmetal Alchemist and the Animes Fullmetal Alchemist and Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood (Voiced by Toru Okawa, Shinichiro Miki and Travis Willingham.)
"Rob Roy," 1995 film starring Liam Neeson
Roy William Harper. Arsenal in the comic series Green Arrow