Meaning and Origin of: Roy

Roy is of Old French origin and means "The king."

Boy name origins & meanings

  • Old French : The king
  • Old French : Regal one

Boy name variations

Family name origins & meanings

  • 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.