Leroy - Meaning of Leroy
[ 2 syll. le-roy, ler-oy ] The baby boy name Leroy is pronounced as LIY-R-oy †. Leroy is used chiefly in English and it is derived from French origins. The meaning of Leroy is the king. It is derived from the word 'roi' which is of the meaning king. The name was initially used as a byname, possibly for servants of royalty. The name was adopted by English speakers in the 19th century, starting from the USA; it is today common among Afro-Americans.
Leroy has 14 variants. Variants of Leroy include Delroy, Elroi, Elroy, Learoi, Learoy, LeeRoy, Leeroi, Leeroy, LeRoi, LeRoy, Lerai, and Leroi. Other English variants include the familiar forms Lee and Roy (also used in Dutch).
Leroy is a classic favorite. At present it is still a somewhat popular baby boy name, but not to the degree it was in the past. Its usage peaked modestly in 1935 with 0.367% of baby boys being named Leroy. It was #50 in rank then. The baby name has fallen from favor since then, and is of infrequent use in recent times. In 2018, its usage was only 0.013% and its ranking #875. Among the family of boy names directly related to Leroy, Roy was the most popular. In 2018, the name was twice as popular as Leroy.
† Pronunciation for Leroy: L as in "lay (L.EY)" ; IY as in "eat (IY.T)" ; R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; OY as in "toy (T.OY)"
Details of famous persons named Leroy:
Activist Eldridge Cleaver, born Leroy Eldridge Cleaver 31 August 1935 - 1 May 1998, Wabbaseka, Arkansas.
Actor Rock Hudson, born Leroy Harold Scherer, Jr. 17 November 1925 - 2 October 1985, Winnetka, Illinois.
Astronaut Gordon Cooper, born Leroy Gordon Cooper, Jr. 6 March 1927 - 4 October 2004, Shawnee, Oklahoma.