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What does the name "Rory" mean?

Rory (Irish): Red King

The name "Rory" is of Irish origin and it means "Red King". It's a name commonly given to both boys and girls. There is 1 other name that is similar to this one.

R is for refreshing, the sparkling you.

O is for ornate, nothing plain here!

R is for romp, you know how to have fun!

Y is for youthful, your eternal look.

Your name in reverse order is "Yror". A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give "Oyrr". How do you pronounce that?

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How popular is the name "Rory" in the U.S.?


Want to know about the populiarty of Rory? From 1880 to 2014, the Social Security Administration has recorded 28,367 babies born with the name Rory in the United States. That's more than enough Rories to occupy the territory of Aland Islands (Finland) with an estimated population of 28,355 (as of December 31, 2011). The name first appeared in the year 1933 when it was given to 5 new born babies. The highest recorded use of the name "Rory" was in 1959 with a total of 804 babies.

According to the 1968 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the name "Rory" is not a popular baby boy's name in Washington. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Washington have the same name as you in 1968. Across the entire United States a total of only 189 babies also bear the same first name during the same year.

Where is the name Rory popular?

The map shows the relative popularity of the name Rory in each of the states since 1950. Can you guess a name that was popular in the west? Search for the name to check your answer!

Celebrities named Rory

Rory Gallagher

Rory Gallagher is a musician, songwriter, bandleader, and producer with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1963 to 1995. Rory was born in 1948 as William Rory Gallagher in Ballyshannon, County Donegal, Ireland.


Rory Culkin

Rory Culkin is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1993 to present. Rory was born in 1989 as Rory Hugh Culkin in New York City, New York, U.S.


Rory Cochrane

Rory Cochrane is an actor with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1 to present. Rory was born in 1972 in Syracuse, New York, U.S.


Rory Kennedy

Rory Kennedy is a documentary filmmaker with the most prominent portion of their career being from 1990 to present. Rory was born in 1968 as Rory Elizabeth Katherine Kennedy in Washington, D.C, United States.


Rory Calhoun

Rory was born in 1922 as Francis Timothy McCown in Los Angeles, California, U.S.


Rory Delap

Rory Delap is a football biography. Rory was born in 1976 in Sutton Coldfield, England.


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