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 Ethnicity Estimate

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These results combine data from everyone in the AncestryDNA® database with the last name Roy. The Ancestry® ethnicity regions shown are top five most common on average for these people.

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  • England & Wales


  • France


  • Ireland & Scotland


  • Germanic Europe


  • Eastern Europe & Russia


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Roy Family Origin

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Roy Family Occupations

What did your Roy ancestors do for a living?

In 1881, Farmer, Labourer and Tailor were the top 3 reported jobs worked by Roy. The most common Roy occupation in the UK was Farmer. 4% of Roy's were Farmers. A less common occupation for the Roy family was Annuitant.

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  • Farmer

  • Labourer

  • Tailor

  • Annuitant


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Roy Historical Records

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Census Record

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Passenger List

There are 50,000 immigration records available for the last name Roy. Passenger lists are your ticket to knowing when your ancestors arrived in the UK, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Card

There are 54,000 military records available for the last name Roy. For the veterans among your Roy ancestors, military collections provide insights into where and when they served, and even physical descriptions.

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Roy Life Expectancy

What is the average Roy lifespan?

Between 1940 and 2004, in the United States, 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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