Roy Name Meaning

Scottish: nickname for a person with red hair, from Gaelic ruadh ‘red’. English (of Norman origin): variant of Ray 1, cognate of 3. French: from Old French rey, roy ‘king’ (from Latin rex, genitive regis), a nickname for someone who lived in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities. Indian (Bengal) and Bangladeshi: variant of Rai.

Source: Dictionary of American Family Names ©2013, Oxford University Press


Similar surnames: Ray, Rey, Foy, Goy, Toy, Troy, Roe, Ros, Coy, Rog

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Roy Family Origin

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Roy Family Occupations

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  • Cultivateur

    25%
  • Farmer

    12%
  • Journalier

    6%
  • School

    4%

In 1881, the most common Roy occupation in Canada was Cultivateur. 25% of Roy's were Cultivateurs. Cultivateur, Farmer and Journalier were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roy. A less common occupation for the Roy family was School.

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Between 1940 and 2004, Roy life expectancy was at its lowest point in 1944, and highest in 2001. The average life expectancy for Roy in 1940 was 62, and 74 in 2004.

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