Rory
Rory


Rory
Rory is a given name of Gaelic origin. It is an anglicization of the Irish: Ruairí/Ruaidhrí and Scottish Gaelic: Ruairidh, and is common to the Irish,

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For other uses, see Rory (disambiguation). RoryPronunciation English: /ˈrɔːri/ ROR-ee[1]OriginLanguage(s) GaelicMeaning red-king or red-hairedRegion of origin Ireland, ScotlandOther namesRelated names from Ruairi (Ruaridh, Ruaidhrí, Ruairí, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh) Look up Rory, rory, Ruairidh, or Ruairí in Wiktionary, the free dictionary.

Rory is a given name of Gaelic origin. It is an anglicization of the Irish: Ruairí/Ruaidhrí and Scottish Gaelic: Ruairidh,[2] and is common to the Irish, Highland Scots and their diasporas.[3] The meaning of the name is "red king," from ruadh ("red-haired" or "rusty") and rígh ("king"). The name is given more to boys (the 379 most common male baby name in 2017 in the US), than to girls (the 565 most common female baby name in 2017 in the US).[4]

Contents History

An early use of the name in antiquity is in reference to Rudraige mac Sithrigi, a High King of Ireland who eventually spawned the Ulaid (indeed this tribe are sometimes known as Clanna Rudhraighe). Throughout the Middle Ages the name was in use by various kings such as Ruaidrí mac Fáeláin, Ruaidrí na Saide Buide and Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, the last High King of Ireland. As well as this the famous King of Laois, Ruairí Óg Ó Mórdha and his nephew Ruairí Ó Mórdha who was a leader in the Irish Rebellion of 1641, held the name.

Since the 1960s in the United States, the name has occasionally been given to females, notably to Rory Kennedy (b. 1968), daughter of Robert F. Kennedy. It can also be short for "Aurora".

Variations

The standard Gaelic pronunciation is /ˈruərʲiː/, and in Munster Irish /rəiˈrʲiː/. In English, it is typically pronounced as English: /ˈrɔːri/ (ROR-ee).[1] In Classical Gaelic, the name was written Ruaidhrigh, and in Old Gaelic Ruaidhrí /ruaðʲr͈ʲiː/ (Proto Celtic *roudo-riks). There are numerous other recorded variations of the name such as Ruaidrí, Ruaidhri, Ruairdhri, Rhuairidh, Ruaridh, Rhuaridh, Ruarídh, Ruari, Roighrí, Rauridh or Raighrí. Historically, it has also been anglicised by replacement with the Germanic cognate Roderick, of similar meaning (red leader) and in some cases the etymologically unrelated Roger and Ray. Its equivalent in the Welsh language is Rhodri, also meaning red king.

Old Irish Modern Irish Hiberno-English Scottish Gaelic Scottish English Ruaidhrí Ruairí Rory Ruairidh Rory List of people Ruaidrí Ruaidhrí Ruairí Ruairidh Rory Male Female Characters Male characters Female characters References
  1. ^ a b "How to pronounce Rory". forvo.com. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  2. ^ Martin-Doyle, Katie (1999). Treasury of Baby Names. Cambridge, UK: Worth Press. p. 220. ISBN 978-1-903025-11-6. Anglicised form of the Irish Gaelic names Ruaidhri, Ruari, and the Scottish Gaelic Ruairidh and Ruaraidh 
  3. ^ "Learn about the family history of your surname". ISBN 0-19-280050-7.  for the given name "Rory".
  4. ^ http://www.ourbabynamer.com/Rory-name-popularity.html
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