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Quick Facts on Rory

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • Irish, Scottish
  • Number of syllables:
  • 2
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 459
Simple meaning:
Red king

Characteristics of Rory

  • Dependable
  • Solid
  • Practical
  • Hard-working
  • Industrious
  • Studious
  • Conservative

Etymology & Historical Origin - Rory

Rory is the anglicized form of an old Gaelic masculine name Ruaidhrí or Ruairidh which have a long history of usage in Ireland and Scotland respectively. The name’s root etymology can be found in the Gaelic elements “ruadh” meaning “red-haired” and “rí” meaning “king”. Common usage of Ruaidhrí dates back to the Middle Ages in Ireland and was most notably borne by the last undisputed High King of Ireland, Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, at the end of the 12th century around the time of the Anglo-Norman quasi-conquest of Ireland. The anglicized form – Rory – remains quite popular for the little lads in Ireland, Northern Ireland and Scotland today. Rory has also expanded well beyond the Irish and Scottish borders to every other English-speaking nation. The United States, however, is unusual in that it's the only place that regards Rory as a gender-neutral name. Rory is often used as a short form of Roderick although the two names are not connected. It could also be used as a nickname for the girl names Aurora and/or Lorelei.

Popularity of the Name Rory

Americans basically imported the name Rory from Ireland in 1947. It started out as a boy’s name but officially went unisex when Rory showed up on the female naming charts in 2002 (politician Robert F. Kennedy named one of his daughters Rory in 1968 way before the name showed up on the Top 1000 list). For boys, Rory saw instant success after his 1947 debut on the charts (probably inspired by Rory Calhoun, a popular actor of the time). In fact, Rory reached as high as position #280 on the charts in 1959. The name peaked a second time in the late 1970s and early 1980s this time influenced by popular Irish blues-rock musician Rory Gallagher. Otherwise the name has experienced somewhat sporadic usage over the years. It’s getting another push up the male naming charts right now thanks to Rory McIlroy, currently the #1 golfer in the world. For girls, the name’s history is a bit different. Although heartthrob silver-screen idol Errol Flynn named his daughter Rory in 1947 and politician Robert F. Kennedy did the same in 1968, officially this name did not enter the female Top 1000 until much, much later in 2003 – not to mention it’s having trouble sticking to the charts (in other words, Rory for girls remains a rare name choice). Rory reminds us of another Irish name Ryan (“little king”) which Americans have made gender-neutral. The only complaint we have about Rory is that it’s sorta awkward to pronounce.
Popularity of the Boy Name Rory
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Rory

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Rory

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Rory

    Rory We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Rory.

  • Popular Songs on Rory

    Popular Songs on Rory

    Rory Rides Me Raw - a song by the Vaselines

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Rory

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Rory

    Rory Learns a Lesson: A Story of Family (Gill Davies) - Rory the tiger is the center of his family, but soon he has to make way for a new baby sister. Will his parents have time for him, or is the new cub the only thing that's important? Rory eventually learns to enjoy the new addition to the family, and becomes a perfect, proud big brother. Recommended for ages 3-6.

    Rory Stays Safe (Captain Tim Colgan) - The story teaches children the importance of staying safe, not fearful. It allows children to realize that saying No and Stop are essential. It makes children realize that remaining with others is often the best protection. Most importantly, it conveys the message that the child must communicate to his or her parent or caretaker any occurrences that made the child feel fearful or uncomfortable. It instills the notion that children are not guilty and should not be ashamed. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rory The Adventures of a Lion Cub (Gillian Cullinan) - Rory, the littlest cub in the pride, feels that no one in his family takes any notice of him. Everyone listens when his dad roars, so Rory sets off through the bush to practice his roar. However, after trying it out on a friendly giraffe, some scornful zebra and a troop of mocking monkeys, he finds, to his dismay, that his roar does not have the same effect. But along the way he learns some important lessons, and best of all, that one day he will be able to roar just like his dad. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Rory's Random Walk Down Wall Street (Amy Doherty) - Come along with Rory and his friends Morgan, Chase and Sally as they follow Rory’s dad to Wall Street. They have quite an adventure riding on the train and learning about the exciting world of Wall Street. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Toddler Story Book: Rory and the Lion (Jane Cabrera) - This new volume in the charming DK Toddler Story Book Series presents a tale for young children to enjoy over and over. Simply told, with bold, colorful artwork, Rory and the Lion is a perfect addition to any family's library. When Rory tell his friends that one night he heard a real lion roar, they don't believe him. The "lion" that Rory finds will bring a smile to every reader's face. Recommended for ages 2-4.

  • Famous People Named Rory

    Famous People Named Rory

    Famous People Named Rory - Rory McIlroy (Northern Irish golfer); Rory Gallagher (folksinger/guitarist); Rory Sabbatini (South African golfer); Rory Calhoun (actor); Rory Cochrane (actor); Rory Culkin (actor); Rory Fitzpatrick (hockey player); Rory Kennedy (filmmaker, daughter of JFK); Rory Sparrow (basketball player); Rory White (basketball player)

  • Children of Famous People Named Rory

    Children of Famous People Named Rory

    Famous People Who Named Their Child Rory - Bill Gates (businessman/billionaire); Erroll Flynn (actor, named daughter Rory); Robert Kennedy (politician, named daughter Rory); Zen Gesner (actor); Kit Culkin (father of the Culkin acting family)

  • Historic Figures

    Rory - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures

    Rory - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Rory.

Personality of the Boy Name Rory

The number Four personality is marked by stability and discipline. This is the personality that follows the rules and is conservative by nature.  They have an earth-bound energy that prefers to build things methodically on top of firm foundations; they don't cut corners. Fours take their time and don't like to be hurried. But the outcome of their endeavors is likely to result in some strong and useful structure, which makes them great engineers and inventors. Fours are anything but frivolous or controversial. This is a trustworthy, straight-forward personality that embodies dedication and organization. They are the backbone and anchor in their relationships, careers and communities. They are tidy, punctual, and full of integrity. Hard-work comes naturally to a Four and they are immensely reliable. This is the personality you can always count on.

Variations of the Baby Name - Rory

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