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For other uses, see Roy (disambiguation).
Gender Male
Word/name England, Normandy, Scotland
Meaning King
Other names
Alternative spelling Roi
Related names Rex, King, Kingsley, Kingston, Ry, Rai, Ray, Raymie, Raymond, Glenroy, Delroy, Elroy, Leroy, Royce, Royal

Roy may refer to:

Family name[edit]

Roy is an English, Scottish Gaelic and French name of Norman origin. This family name originated from the Normans, which means "Norseman, Northman", who were the descendants of Viking conquerors.[1] 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. 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:

Given name[edit]

Roy is a common male given name. Notable people with the given name include:

Fictional characters[edit]


  1. ^ Discover the meaning and history behind your last name,, 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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