Rory is a unisex baby name that means “red king”. In the US, Rory has become popular for both boys and girls since the early 00’s and continues to rise in popularity every year. Outside of the US, Rory is used almost exclusively for boys.

Meaning of the name Rory:

Irish: red king

Origin of the name Rory:

Rory is an English, Scottish, and Irish given name that means “red king”. In the US, Rory is a unisex name. Rory is the Anglicized form of the Irish name Ruaidhrí.

Symbolism of the name Rory:

Rory means “red king” and likely alluded to a king that had red hair. Red hair is more common among people of Irish and Scottish lineage than anywhere else in the world where up to 30% of the population has red hair.

Baby name Rory

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Gender of the name Rory:

Rory is a nam for both boys and girls.

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Emotion evoked from the name Rory:

Rory evokes feelings of strength and passion.

Alternative spellings for the name Rory:

Rori, Rorie, Ruairi

Nicknames for the name Rory:

  • Roar
  • Ree

Popularity of the name Rory:

According to the Social Security Administration, Rory is a popular unisex baby name. As a boy’s name, Rory has been popular since the mid 1940’s and rising since 2006. As a girl’s name, Rory became popular in 2003 and is #457 as of 2020.

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Great middle names for the name Rory and their meanings:



  • Blythe (happy)
  • Autumn (the season)
  • Lark (the bird)
  • Avalon (island of apples)

Famous people with the name Rory:

  • Rory McIlroy (Northern Irish golfer)
  • Rory Storm (English singer)
  • Rory Cochrane (American actor)
  • Rory Kinnear (English actor)
  • Rory Culkin (American actor)

Rorys in popular culture:

  • Rory Pond (television, “Doctor Who”)
  • Rory Flanagan (television, “Glee”)
  • Rory Regan (television, “Arrow”)
  • Rory Gilmore (television, “Gilmore Girls”)
  • Rory Thayer (film, “Accepted”)