Rory (given name)

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Pronunciation (ROR ee)
Gender male
Word/Name Gaelic
Region of origin Ireland, Scotland
Other names
Related names from Ruairi (Ruaridh, Ruaidhrí, Ruairí, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh)

Rory is a masculine given name of an Irish and Scottish origin.[1] It is an Anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic name Ruaidhrí/Ruairí ("red king"), the name of medieval Irish kings Ruaidrí na Saide Buide and Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, and the Scottish Gaelic Ruairidh/Ruaraidh.[2]

Since the 1960s in the USA, the name has occasionally been given to females, notably to Rory Kennedy (b. 1968), daughter of Robert F. Kennedy.

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Female given name[edit]

  • Aurora 'Rory' Block (born 1949), American blues guitarist and singer. Rory here is short for "Aurora".
  • Rory Flack (born 1969), American figure skater. Born Ellen Flack, "Rory" is a nickname.
  • Rory Kennedy (born 1968), American filmmaker
  • Rory Quintos (born 1962), Filipino television and film director

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  1. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". Retrieved 7 April 2010. [dead link] which cited A Dictionary of First Names. Oxford University Press. ISBN 0-19-280050-7.  for the given name "Rory".
  2. ^ Martin-Doyle, Katie (1999). Treasury of Baby Names. Cambridge, UK: Worth Press. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-903025-11-6. "Anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic names Ruaidhri, Ruari, and the Scottish Gaelic Ruairidh and Ruaraidh" 

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