Quick Facts on Troy
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Legendary ancient city; foot soldier
Etymology & Historical Origin - Troy
Troy gets his name form the ancient and legendary city which was located in Asia Minor (present day Turkey) and is associated with the epic Trojan War (as described in Homer’s “Iliad”). The name comes from the Greek word Τροία or Ilion and the Latin Trōia and Īlium. According to Greek mythology, the founding of the city was attributed to both Tros and his son Ilus and is so named after both of them. Troy is a city that dates back almost 3,000 years B.C. although the Trojan War is reputed to have happened in the 12th century B.C. This epic battle between the Greeks and the Trojans had it all: a love story between Paris and Helen, the mightiness and bravery of ancient warriors, impossible heroes and meddling gods, and of course the ruse of the wooden horse. Alas, it was predestined by the gods that the Greeks would prevail. Virgil’s “Aeneid” recounts the aftermath of the Trojan War and tells of the Trojan Aeneas’ journey from Troy which led to the founding of Rome. It’s not surprising that the Romans wanted to associate themselves with these mighty, heroic ancient people of Troy. Troy is also the anglicized name from the old Irish Gaelic Troightheach, aptly meaning "foot soldier."
Popularity of the Name Troy
Even though Troy has ancient roots, the name sounds quite modern. It was for this reason we were surprised to see Troy on the American naming charts for well over a century. The name dates back to 1880, or the first year the U.S. government began tracking naming trends. Not only that, but the name has maintained moderate success for decades. The height of Troy’s popularity came in the 1960s and 70s when it was a Top 100 favorite for almost 20 straight years. In fact, the highest position Troy reached on the charts was #40 (1967-1968) making it a top choice for boys back then. Today, the name Troy has retreated down the charts back to more moderately high levels of usage. It seems that Troy’s endurance as a naming choice matches the endurance of the great legends from whence it came. It’s an ancient name with a modern sensibility. This mighty little ‘foot soldier’ is destined for greatness whether in success or defeat. The Trojans never quit, and their fight was also one of honor and responsibility to family.
Popularity of the Boy Name Troy
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Troy
Literary Characters of the Baby Name Troy
Troy Maxson (Fences) Troy Maxson is the protagonist of August Wilson’s 1983 Pulitzer Prize winning play, “Fences”, one of ten in his Pittsburgh Cycle, each of which looks at a decade of the twentieth century and the struggles pertinent to it and the African American experience. Fences takes place in the fifties. Troy is a fifty three year old husband and father who is both sinner and sinned against. The son of a poor sharecropper, Troy has made a better life for his own family through his job as a garbage-man, yet he harbors a deep resentment at being kept out of the (white) baseball major leagues, although he was a highly skilled player in his youth. He is a responsible citizen who has also robbed, murdered and spent years in jail for his crimes. He is a loving husband who cheats on his wife. He is a devoted father who keeps his son from his own dream of attending college on a football scholarship. He takes in his brother, who has been mentally disabled by a wound received in World War II, but he uses his brother’s pension checks to buy the house they all live in. Troy represents the struggles, wins and losses of an entire race, certainly, but he is also representative of Everyman, in his stubborn refusal to see things the way they really are and his insistence on clinging to old dreams and hopes which no longer serve a purpose. Tragically, through these very human failings, he alienates those whom he loves best and loses his long-fought battle to stave off Death.
Popular Songs on Troy
Troy - a song by Sinead O'Connor
Children's Books on the Baby Name Troy
The Adventures of Odysseus & The Tale of Troy: Rewritten for Children (Homer and Padraic Colum) - " Publishers Weekly considered his rendition of Homer 'unequalled' and thousands of readers have agreed with that assessment. This edition includes Willy Pogany's classic illustrations created for the original 1918 edition. Recommended for ages 9-12.
The Tale of Troy: Retold from the Ancient Authors (Roger Lancelyn Green) - This book tells the story of Helen and the judgment of Paris, of the gathering Heroes and the siege of Troy; of Achilles and his vulnerable heel, reared by the Centaur on wild honey and the marrow of lions; of Odysseus, the last of the Heroes, his plan for the wooden Horse and his many adventures on his long journey home to Greece. Recommended for ages young adult.
Troy's Amazing Universe: M for Mall (S. Kennedy Tosten) - Troy is special. He's the smallest kid in school and can barely speak a word. But inside his head there is an amazing universe that helps him through his difficult world. That world is rocked when he is abducted by strangers. Recommended for ages 9-12.
Famous People Named Troy
Famous People Named Troy - Troy Aikman (football legend); Troy Polamulu (football player); Troy Brown (football player); Lil' Troy (rapper); Troy Donahue (actor); Troy Smith (football player); Cowboy Troy (musician); Troy Tulowitzki (baseball player)
Children of Famous People Named Troy
Famous People Who Named Their Son Troy - Jane Fonda (actress); Leeza Gibbons (TV personality)
Troy - Boy Baby Name - Historic Figures
Troy - We cannot find any historically significant people with the first name Troy.
Personality of the Boy Name Troy
Romance is the hallmark of the Six personality. They exude nurturing, loving, and caring energy. Sixes are in love with the idea of love in its idealized form - and with their magnetic personalities, they easily draw people toward them. Like the number Two personality, they seek balance and harmony in their life and the world at large. They are conscientious and service-oriented, and a champion for the underdog. These personalities naturally attract money and are usually surrounded by lovely material objects - but their human relationships are always primary. They thrive in giving back to others rather than being motivated by their own desires. This is when they achieve great things. Sixes are natural teachers, ministers and counselors.
Variations of the Baby Name - Troy