|Word/Name||England, Normandy, Scotland|
|Related names||Rex, King, Kingsley, Kingston, Ry, Rai, Ray, Raymie, Raymond, Glenroy, Delroy, Elroy, Leroy, Royce, Royal|
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Roy is an English, Scottish Gaelic and French name of Norman origin. The derivation is from the word rey or roi, meaning a king or chief, and in medieval times was used as a nickname either for one who behaved in a regal fashion, or who had earned the title in some contest of skill. This surname originated from the Normans, a name meaning "Norseman", who were the descendants of Vikings. It also appears in Scottish Gaelic, from the word ruadh, meaning red.
Roy is also an Indian surname, a variant of the name "Rai".
People with the surname include:
- Ajoy Roy, Bangladeshi physicist and human rights activist
- Anuradha Roy, Indian Bengali novelist and journalist
- Aruna Roy, Indian Tamil social activist
- Arundhati Roy, Indian Keralite novelist and peace activist
- Bidhan Chandra Roy, Indian Bengali politician
- Bikash Roy, Indian Bengali actor
- Bimal Roy, Indian Bengali film director
- Brandon Roy, American basketball player
- Bryan Roy, Dutch football (soccer) player and current manager
- Bunker Roy, Indian Bengali social activist
- Claude Roy (politician), Canadian politician
- Debashree Roy, Indian Bengali actress
- Deep Roy, British actor
- Derek Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
- Dolon Roy, Indian Bengali actress
- Drew Roy, American actor
- Eric Roy, New Zealand politician
- Éric Roy, French footballer
- Fabien Roy, Canadian politician
- Falguni Roy, Indian Bengali poet
- Gabrielle Roy, Canadian author
- Indra Lal Roy, Indian Bengali flying ace
- Jahor Roy, Indian Bengali actor and comedian
- James Roy, Australian author
- Jeffrey Roy, American fund manager
- Jean Sebastien Roy, Canadian motocross rider
- Jean-Yves Roy, Canadian politician
- Juthika Roy, Indian Bengali singer
- Kalidas Roy, Indian Bengali poet
- Kanu Roy, Indian Bengali film actor, and music composer
- Leela Roy, Indian Bengali independence activist and social reformer
- Leo "Kid" Roy (1904-1955), American/Canadian boxer of the 1920s and '30s
- M. N. Roy, Indian Bengali philosopher and revolutionary
- Mathieu Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
- Nirupa Roy, Indian Gujarati actress
- Patrick Roy, Canadian ice hockey player
- Prannoy Roy, Indian Bengali media personality
- Prasanna Kumar Roy, Indian Bengali educationist
- Ram Mohan Roy Indian Bengali religious, social and educational reformer
- Rahul Roy, Indian film actor
- Sarat Chandra Roy, Indian Bengali anthropologist
- Shahzad Roy, Pakistani pop singer, social worker
- Shatabdi Roy, Indian Bengali actress
- Subrata Roy, Indian Bengali businessman
- Subimal Chandra Roy, Indian Bengali jurist
- Subodh Roy, Indian Bengali independence activist
- Sylvie Roy, Canadian politician
- Tarapada Roy, Indian Bengali author
- William Roy, Scottish surveyor
Roy is a common male given name. Notable people with the given name include:
- Roy Acuff, American musician
- Roy Andrews, naturalist and explorer
- Roy Blount, Jr., writer and humorist
- Roy Blunt, United States congressman representing Missouri's 17th District
- Roy Campanella, Baseball Hall of Fame catcher
- Roy Clark, country music musician, best known for his work on the television program Hee Haw
- Roy Christian, New Zealand rugby league footballer
- Roy Cohn, lawyer best known as Senator Joseph McCarthy's counsel from 1953 to 1954
- Roy E. Disney (1930–2009), American businessman
- Roy O. Disney (1893–1971), American businessman
- Roy Drusky, country music singer
- Roy Face, often referred to as "Elroy Face", baseball all-star relief pitcher throughout the 1950s and 1960s
- Roy Firestone, sports talk show host
- Roy Foster, American baseball player
- Roy M. Goodman, former New York state senator
- Roy Halladay, baseball pitcher
- Roy Halston Frowick (1932–1990), better known as Halston, clothing designer
- Roy Hamilton, popular R&B singer of the 1950s and 1960s
- Roy Hargrove, American jazz musician
- Roy Harris, American classical music composer
- Roy Hartsfield, baseman player in early 1950s and first manager of the expansion Toronto Blue Jays in 1977
- Roy Hattersley, British Labour politician
- Roy Head, R&B and country music singer, best known for 1965 hit "Treat Her Right"
- Roy Hibbert, basketball player
- Roy Hodgson, English former football (soccer) player and current manager
- Roy Horn, half of the Las Vegas show team Siegfried & Roy
- Roy Howell, baseball player
- Roy J. Glauber (born 1925), American physicist and 2005 Nobel prize winner
- Roy Lee Jackson, baseball pitcher in the 1970s and 1980s
- Roy Johnson (pitcher), baseball pitcher, manager and longtime coach
- Roy Jones, Jr., professional boxer
- Roy Keane, Irish former football (soccer) player and current manager
- Roy Khan, former singer of power metal band Kamelot
- Roy Kinnear (1934-1988), English actor
- Roy Lichtenstein, American pop artist
- Roy Makaay, Dutch football (soccer) player and current manager
- Roy Masters (commentator), American talk radio personality, podcaster and spiritual counselor
- Roy McMillan, American baseball player
- Roy Orbison, pioneer of rock and roll
- Roy Pinney, herpetologist, professional photographer, writer, spelunker, pilot and war correspondent
- Roy Rogers (born Leonard Schley), singing movie cowboy
- Roy Scheider, film actor
- Roy Schwitters, American physicist
- Roy Shepherd, British ice hockey player
- Roy Shepherd (pianist), Australian pianist and teacher
- Roy Sievers, American baseball player
- Roy Smalley, Jr., American baseball player, father of Roy Smalley III
- Roy Smalley III, American baseball player, son of Roy Smalley, Jr.
- Roy Staiger, baseball player in the late 1970s
- Roy Thomas (pitcher), baseball pitcher from the 1970s through the 1980s
- Roy Underhill, host of the PBS series The Woodwright's Shop
- Roy White, all star baseball player
- Roy Williamson, Scottish folk singer
- Roy Wilkins, prominent civil rights activist
- Roy Mustang is a fictional character from the Fullmetal Alchemist manga series.
- Roy (Peanuts), a minor character from the Peanuts comic strip.
- Roy Rooster, a fictional character on the comic strip US Acres.
- Roy (Fire Emblem), a character from the game Fire Emblem: Fūin no Tsurugi (Sword of Seals).
- Roy DeSoto, a character from the TV series Emergency!.
- Roy Greenhilt, a character from the webcomic Order of the Stick.
- Roy Hobbs, protagonist in Bernard Malamud novel The Natural.
- Roy Batty, the leader of the renegade replicants in the film Blade Runner.
- Roy O'Brien, eponymous animated protagonist of Roy.
- Roy Trenneman, a character from the British sitcom The IT Crowd.
- Roy, a character from Little Britain.
- Roy Cropper, a character from the British soap opera Coronation Street.
- Roy Earle, a character from the game L.A. Noire.
- Roy Harper (comics), a superhero in the DC Comics universe.
- Discover the meaning and history behind your last name, Ancestry.com, retrieved 25 November 2013 which cited: Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 for the surname "Roy".
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