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Pronunciation  [ɹoɹi], /rori/
Language(s)  Gaelic
Region of origin  Ireland, Scotland
Gender  Male
Meaning  red-king
Related names  from Ruairi (Ruaridh, Ruaidhrí, Ruairí, Ruairidh, Ruaraidh)

Rory is a male given name of Gaelic origin. It is an anglicization of the Irish: Ruairí and Scottish Gaelic: Ruairidh, and is common to the Irish, Highland Scots and their diasporas. The meaning of the name is "red king," from ruadh ("red-haired" or "ruddy") and rígh ("king").



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.


The standard Gaelic pronunciation is /'ruərʲi:/, and in Munster Irish /rəi'rʲi:/. In English, it is typically pronounced as Raw-ry (/rɔːri/) or Roo-ry (/ru:ri/). 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.


  • Ruaidrí mac Fáeláin (died 785), King of Leinster of the Uí Fáeláin sept of the Uí Dúnlainge branch of the Laigin
  • Ruaidrí ua Canannáin (died 950), king of the Cenél Conaill, and according to some sources High King of Ireland
  • Ruaidrí na Saide Buide (died 1118), called Ruaidrí na Saide Buide (Ruaidrí of the Yellow Birch), King of Connacht
  • Ruaidrí Ua Conchobair, 12th century King of Connacht and the last High King of Ireland
  • Ruaidri mac Cathal Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht in Ireland
  • Ruaidri mac Tairdelbach Ua Conchobair, King of Connacht, died 1384
  • Ruaidri Caech mac Diarmata (1404–1421), see Kings of Magh Luirg
  • Ruaidrí mac Donnchad Ó Dálaigh (died 1469), Irish musician
  • Ruaidri Óg mac Diarmata (1478–1486), see Kings of Magh Luirg
  • Ruaidri mac Diarmata (1549–1568), see Kings of Magh Luirg
  • Ruaidhrí

  • Ruaidhrí mac Raghnaill (died 1247?), Hebridean magnate
  • Ruaidhrí Mac Ruaidhrí (died 1318?), Scottish magnate
  • Ruaidhrí Ó Flaithbheartaigh (1629–1716/18), Irish historian
  • Ruairí

  • Ruairí Mac Easmainn (1864–1916), Irish patriot, poet, revolutionary and nationalist
  • Ruairí Brugha (1917–2006), Clann na Poblachta politician
  • Ruairí Ó Brádaigh (1932–2013), Irish Republican Army member
  • Ruairi Quinn (born 1946), Irish Labour Party politician
  • Ruairí Robinson (born 1978), Academy Award-nominated Irish film director and writer
  • Ruairí McKiernan (born 1977), Irish social activist
  • Ruairidh

  • Ruairidh Erskine (1869–1960), Scottish nationalist
  • Ruaridh Jackson (born 1988), Glasgow Warriors out half
  • Male

  • Rory Anderson (born 1992), American football player
  • Rory Barnes (born 1946), Australian writer
  • Rory Best (born 1982), Irish rugby union footballer
  • Rory Boulding (born 1988), English footballer
  • Rory Brady (1957–2010), Irish lawyer
  • Rory Bremner (born 1961), Scottish comedian
  • Rory Brennan (born 1945), Irish poet
  • Rory Brien (born 1991), rugby league footballer
  • Rory Burns (born 1990), English cricketer
  • Rory Byrne (born 1944), South African racing car designer
  • Rory Calhoun (1922–1999), American actor
  • Rory Carroll (born 1972), Irish journalist
  • Rory Cellan-Jones (born 1958), British journalist
  • Rory Cochrane (born 1972), American actor
  • Rory Collins (born 1955), epidemiologist
  • Rory Enrique Conde (born 1965), Colombian serial killer
  • Rory Culkin (born 1989), American actor
  • Rory Delap (born 1976), Irish football player
  • Rory Dodd, Canadian rock vocalist
  • Rory Fallon (born 1982), New Zealand football player
  • Rory Fitzpatrick (born 1975), American ice hockey player
  • Rory Gallagher (1948–1995), Irish musician
  • Rory Hamilton-Brown (born 1987), English cricketer
  • Rory Jacob (born 1983), Irish hurler
  • Rory Jennings (born 1983), British actor
  • Rory Johnson (born 1986), American football player
  • Rory Jones (born 1955), South African football player
  • Rory Kiely (born 1934), Irish politician
  • Rory Kinnear (born 1978), English actor
  • Rory Kockott (born 1986), South African rugby player representing France internationally
  • Rory Lamont (born 1982), Scottish rugby player
  • Rory Lawson (born 1981), Scottish international rugby union player
  • Rory Lee Feek (born 1966), American country music singer and songwriter
  • Rory Leidelmeyer, American bodybuilder
  • Rory Loy (born 1988), Scottish footballer
  • Rory Macdonald (conductor) (born 1980), Scottish conductor
  • Rory MacDonald (fighter) (born 1989), Canadian professional mixed martial artist
  • Rory Macdonald (musician) (born 1949), Scottish bassist
  • Rory MacGregor (born 1976), British actor
  • Rory MacLean (born 1954), Canadian writer
  • Rory Markas (1955–2010), American sportscaster
  • Rory Markham (born 1982), American mixed martial artist
  • Rory McCann (born 1969), Scottish actor
  • Rory McEwen (politician) (born 1948), Australian politician
  • Rory McEwen (artist) (1932–1982), Scottish artist and musician
  • Rory McGrath (born 1956), English comedian
  • Rory McIlroy (born 1989), Northern Irish golfer
  • Rory McLeod (singer-songwriter) (born 1957), English singer-songwriter
  • Rory McLeod (snooker player) (born 1971), English professional snooker player
  • Rory O'Connor (Irish republican) (1883–1922), Irish republican activist
  • Rory O'Hanlon (born 1934), Irish politician
  • Rory O'Malley (born 1980), Broadway actor
  • Rory (Roger) O'Moore (1620–1655), Irish rebel
  • Rory O'Tunny (c. 1541–1542), Irish sculptor
  • Rory Peck (1956–1993), British journalist
  • Rory Reid (born 1963), American politician
  • Rory Sabbatini (born 1976), South African golfer
  • Rory Schlein (born 1984), Australian speedway rider
  • Rory Singer (born 1976), American mixed martial artist
  • Rory Sparrow (born 1958), American basketball player
  • Rory Smith (born 1987), Canadian lacrosse player
  • Rory Steele (born 1943), Australian author
  • Rory Stewart (born 1973), Scottish writer
  • Rory Storm (1938–1972), English musician
  • Rory Sutherland (born 1982), Australian racing cyclist
  • Rory Underwood (born 1963), English rugby player
  • Female

  • Aurora 'Rory' Block (born 1949), American blues guitarist and singer. Rory here is short for "Aurora".
  • Rory Flack (born 1971), American figure skater. Born Ellen Flack, "Rory" is a nickname.
  • Rory Kennedy (born 1968), American filmmaker
  • Rory Quintos (born 1962), Filipino television and film director
  • Male characters

  • Rory in the film/television series My Babysitter's a Vampire
  • Rory Breaker in the movie Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • Rory Campbell in the Marvel Comics Universe
  • Rory Finnigan in the television series Hollyoaks
  • Rory Flanagan in the television series Glee
  • Rory Hennessy in the television series 8 Simple Rules
  • Rory Jansen in the movie The Words
  • Rory Murdoch in the television series River City
  • Rory O'Shea in the movie Inside I'm Dancing
  • Rory Peters in the movie Final Destination 2
  • Rory Regan, Ragman in the DC Comics Universe
  • Rory Slippery in the television series Fortysomething
  • Rory Williams in the television series Doctor Who
  • Rory Walker in the movie The Conjuring
  • Rory Browne in the books of the saga of Agnes Browne (The Mammy, The Chisellers, The Granny and The Young Wan) by Brendan O'Carroll
  • Female characters

  • Lorelai "Rory" Gilmore in the television series Gilmore Girls
  • Rory Mercury in the anime and light novel series Gate and voiced by Risa Taneda
  • References

    Rory Wikipedia

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