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Word/nameOld Norman, Old French, Bengali, Scottish Gaelic
Meaningking or red
Region of originEngland, France, Bengal-India, 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. Vol. 3. Oxford University Press. p. 230. ISBN 0-19-508137-4..
  2. ^ Patrick Hankes (2003). Dictionary of American Family Names. Vol. 1. Oxford University Press. p. xcvii. ISBN 0-19-508137-4..