Roy

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Roy
GenderMale
Origin
Word/nameOld Norman, Old French, Bengali, Scottish Gaelic
Meaningking or red
Region of originEngland, France, Bengal, Scotland
Other names
Alternative spellingRoi
Related namesFitzroy, Ray, Glenroy, Elroy, Leroi, Leroy, Royce, Royal, Rai, Rao, Rudd

Roy is a masculine given name and a family surname with varied origin. In Anglo-Norman England, the name derived from the Norman roy, meaning "king", while its Old French cognate, rey or roy (modern roi), likewise gave rise to Roy as a variant in the Francophone world. In India, Roy is a variant of the surname Rai,[1] likewise meaning "king".[2] It also arose independently in Scotland, an anglicisation from the Scottish Gaelic nickname ruadh, meaning "red".[1]

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  1. ^ a b Patrick Hankes (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names. 3. Oxford University Press. p. 230. ISBN 0-19-508137-4..
  2. ^ Patrick Hankes (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names. 1. Oxford University Press. p. xcvii. ISBN 0-19-508137-4..