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Origin: Old French
Meaning: King

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Popularity Over Time: How Many Boys Have Been Named Roy

This chart illustrates how many Boys were named Roy in the U.S. since 1880.

A few facts about the boy's name Roy:

  • Records indicate that 401,223 boys in the United States have been named Roy since 1880.

  • The greatest number of people were given this name in 1947, when 7,526 people in the U.S. were given the name Roy. Those people are now 73 years old.

    So ... how do we know this stuff? Baby Names Hub identifies trends by analyzing vast amounts of data made available by the U.S. government and other public sources. This data, including social security statistics, provides detailed information on baby name popularity and trends in the United States.


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      10 Positive Comments

  • "My name is Roy Parker jr. I used to not care for the name when I was in elementary / middle School but growing up I love it, I've met a lot of girls that love the name also. As a masculine man myself I like be to fish & I work construction. But didn't have a nickname growing up still have it to this day..(Biggie)💪 my mother gave me that name on Christmas when I was a year old in1986. My birthday is Christmas Eve. To all the other Roy's out there. Own ur name and it is very masculine." Jun. 4, 2020: Report as inappropriate

  • "Strong, masculine, not too pretentious, amazing name!" Dec. 28, 2018: Report as inappropriate

  • "Named after my dad. Know it is the Americanization of Roi, which is french for king. Only drawback is that it can't be shortened to a nickname, something most other kids had. Very proud to bear the name." Jun. 27, 2015: Report as inappropriate

  • "I'm simply named Roy. No middle names. I've always had a certain fondness for it. It sounds strong and direct-to-the-point, exactly like me." May. 12, 2013: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roy is a simple yet deep name. Although it is short, it can be expressed in many ways. The name Roy contains vigor which is meant to be expressed from the gut." Mar. 12, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "We named our son Roy after my husband's Grandfather. He was the only "Roy" in his graduating class, well, in our school distict actually. Thankfully, he has always liked his name." May. 20, 2007: Report as inappropriate

  • "My dad's name is Roy. I like it, but I know that he really dislikes it. He thinks it is boring, and he says he always hated that he didn't have a nickname that he could go by. His only option was Roy. I, however, think it is a very strong name. Although it isn't an unusual name, I haven't met very many other people with the name Roy." Apr. 10, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "My name is Roy and I have always felt like the king the name represents in French! for what ever reason, people call me Mr. King which is my name anyway...I love it!" Mar. 27, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "It's great! It's unique and masculine. Never had any issue with my name. People always think Roy is special and they would say," I should have named my son, Roy, too!"" Jan. 11, 2006: Report as inappropriate

  • "Never met anyone else called Roy. Very unusual name. I like it!!! And it's hardly going to be spelt wrong." Dec. 31, 2005: Report as inappropriate

      1 Negative Comment

  • "My name is Roy Pritchett I am 17 years old. I had gotten my name from my Great grand father. You will see more of my name when I am in the NFL. So be sure to look out for me. This is for you grampa." Sep. 16, 2006: Report as inappropriate

      2 Neutral Comments

  • "There are four people in my family named Roy. It's kind of awkward at family reunions. It's like if I ever go out with my dad and uncle somewhere, every time someone says "Roy", everyone turns around." Jul. 27, 2008: Report as inappropriate

  • "Roy Rogers and Roy Orbison both bore this name, along with the fictional Roy Koopa from the Super Mario Bros. video games (he is called Bully Koopa in the 1990s cartoon television series 'The Adventures Of Super Mario Bros. 3' and 'The Adventures Of Super Mario World')." Jun. 3, 2008: Report as inappropriate

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