[ 2 syll. ro-ry, ror-y ] The baby boy name Rory is also used, but less commonly, as a girl name. Its pronunciation is RAOR-iy- †. Rory is used predominantly in the English, Irish, and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Irish Gaelic, Germanic, and Celtic origins. From Celtic roots, its meaning is red king. It is derived from the elements 'ruadh' meaning red ; 'ri' king. The name is Anglicized from the traditional Irish Gaelic Ruaidhrí or the Scottish Gaelic Ruaraidh and Ruairidh. It is sometimes considered a form of Roger; in Scotland the name is sometimes used as a short form of Roderick. The name was popularized in Ireland during the Middle Ages by Rory O'Connor (-1198), the last High King of Ireland.
In addition, Rory is a pet form (English) of the name Riordan (Irish).
Rory is also a pet form (English and Irish) of the name Roderick (English and German).
The name Rory is used to a great extent; it has 23 variants that are used in English and other languages. Variants used in English include Rorea, Roree, Rorey, Rori, Roric, Rorik, Rorrea, Rorree, Rorrey, Rorri, Rorric, Rorrie, Rorrik, and Rorry.
Foreign variants of Rory include Rorie (Irish and Scottish), Ruaidhrí (Irish), Ruaidri (Irish and Scottish), Ruaidrí (Irish), Ruairidh (Scottish), Ruairí (Irish and Scottish), Ruaraidh (Scottish), Ruari (Irish), and Rurik (Slavic).
Rory is fairly popular as a baby name for boys. The name's popularity rose from the 1940s up to the 1980s; before that, it was of very modest use only. At the peak of its usage in 1982, 0.039% of baby boys were given the name Rory. Its ranking then was #282. The baby name has since experienced a loss in popularity. In 2012, its usage was 0.028% and its ranking #481, but it was nonetheless the most popular out of all boy names in its group. In 2012, Rory was used 23% more than the next ranked name, Roger. There were times from 2008 to 2008 that the name Rory was given more often to girls, but it is more popular as a baby boy name today. In 2011, 36% more baby boys than girls were given the name Rory.
† Pronunciation for Rory: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; AO as in "ought (AO.T)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)"