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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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Where is the Roy family from?

You can see how Roy families moved over time by selecting different census years. The Roy family name was found in the USA, the UK, Canada, and Scotland between 1840 and 1920. The most Roy families were found in Canada in 1911. In 1840 there were 22 Roy families living in Louisiana. This was about 11% of all the recorded Roy's in the USA. Louisiana had the highest population of Roy families in 1840.
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What did your Roy ancestors do for a living?

In 1940, Laborer and Maid were the top reported jobs for men and women in the US named Roy. 17% of Roy men worked as a Laborer and 6% of Roy women worked as a Maid. Some less common occupations for Americans named Roy were Truck Driver and Housework.

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*We display top occupations by gender to maintain their historical accuracy during times when men and women often performed different jobs.

Top Male Occupations in 1940

  • Laborer
    17%
  • Farmer
    12%
  • Salesman
    4%
  • Truck Driver
    4%

Top Female Occupations in 1940

  • Maid
    6%
  • Housekeeper
    6%
  • Housewife
    6%
  • Housework
    5%
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Census Records

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Passenger Lists

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 USA, and how they made the journey - from the ship name to ports of arrival and departure.

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Draft Cards

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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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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