Origin: Gaelic (Irish)
Meaning: red king)
Rory is an anglicized form of the Irish Gaelic male name, Ruaidhrí, which is composed of the Gaelic words ruaidh (red) and rí (king). The name was borne by two Irish kings, notably the last high king of Ireland who ruled in the 12th-century.
Its more modern Gaelic equivalent of Ruairí is currently the 66th most popular male name in Northern Ireland and the 88th most popular in Ireland (2010). Rory itself is the 37th most popular name in Scotland (2010). His rankings in other countries are as follows:
# 57 (Ireland, 2010)
# 61 (Northern Ireland, 2010)
#750 (United States, 2010)
Other forms of the name include: