Rory - Meaning of Rory
[ 2 syll. ro-ry, ror-y ] The baby boy name Rory is also used as a girl name, but it is somewhat more common for boys. Its pronunciation is RAOR-iy- †. Rory is used predominantly in the English, Irish, and Scottish languages, and it is derived from Germanic, Celtic, and Irish Gaelic 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. 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 dropped out of favor, and is in recent years of very modest use. In 2012, its usage was only 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 slightly more popular as a baby boy name today. In 2009, 0.709% 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)"