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Gender Male
Word/name Normandy
Meaning King
Other names
Alternative spelling Roi
Related names King, Fitzroy, Ray, Glenroy, Elroy, Leroi, Leroy, Royce, Royal

Roy is a given name and a family surname. In Anglo-Norman England, the name derived from the Norman word roy, meaning "king".[1] It also appears in Scottish Gaelic, anglicized from the word ruadh, meaning "red". In India, Roy is an adopted surname generally given as a historical title of honor to Bengali people conferred by the British Raj. [2][3]

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


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  1. ^ Discover the meaning and history behind your last name,, retrieved 25 September 2017 which cited Dictionary of American Family Names, Oxford University Press, ISBN 0-19-508137-4 for the surname "Roy".
  2. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 2nd edition, 1989: from Skr. rāj: to reign, rule; cognate with L. rēx, rēg-is, , rīg king (see RICH).
  3. ^ Oxford English Dictionary, 3rd edition (June 2008), on-line edition (September 2011): "spec. In full British Raj. Direct rule in India by the British (1858–1947); this period of dominion."