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I once saw in a name dictionary that the current meaning of the name, which means "the king", is the meaning of the name in today's modern French, but that the original meaning of the name from the ancient Old French actually means, "the servant of a King, or anotherwards, of God".
-- Anonymous User  2/5/2006
Leroy Anderson bears this name. One of the greatest composers of the twentieth century.
-- rosco kid  4/13/2006
Bluegrass singer Leroy Mack bears this name.
-- smartblonde  7/5/2006
Leroy Jethro Gibbs (most often known by his middle name or surname only) is the leader of the team on NCIS. The character is portrayed by Mark Harmon.
-- Firestorm  7/28/2007
Leroy. Heh heh. I'm surprised no one else noted this, but Leroy is the name of the title character in 'Leroy and Stitch', the final installment in the 'Lilo and Stitch' movie/cartoon series. It makes sense, now that I'm thinking about it, 'King'.
-- Ayla  7/22/2008
Every time I hear this I think "Leeroy Jenkins!" It's an internet phenomenon spread from the über nerdy online game World of Warcraft. A player charged into a high-level dungeon with a distinctive cry of "Leeeeeeeerooooy. Jeeenkins!", ruining the meticulous attack plans of his group and getting them all killed. There are an insane amount of parodies and videos of Leeroy Jenkins' Light Brigade style charge on Youtube. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Leeroy_Jenkins
-- Anonymous User  2/22/2009
I also only think of Leroy Jenkins, when I hear this name.
-- ema_kala  3/30/2009
I associate this name with black Americans.
-- Anton  3/12/2010
I don't like it very much, but Leroy reminds of Leroy Jethro Gibbs of NCIS, who I think is a very nice character.
-- Anonymous User  9/7/2010
This name makes me giggle. Such a regal meaning in such a harsh-sounding (and silly) name.
-- gaelruadh19  1/14/2011
I like the name because of Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown". It's a name that brings good memories of when I listened to Jim Croce music when I was young.
-- ninjato  6/28/2011
I feel like it should be spelled Leeroy. I dislike the capitalization of letters within names (as in LeRoy) but at the same time it looks grammatically incorrect without the capital R. This was my great-uncle's name. Nowadays you don't hear it, and if you do, it seems to have an urban connotation. I'd like to see it rise in popularity again for the fact that it sounds cute and a guy has the option of going by either Lee or Roy if he dislikes both names together.
-- codenameflame  2/28/2012
My grandfathers middle name (Harry Leroy)
Lee is definitely a family name as a diminutive of Leroy.

So, soft spot for Leroy

Leroy is NOT a black name, to the one who said that. My grandfather had this name as his middle name and was white. I can definitely see the name being used on an older Caucasian male. Also blacks as well, or any race for that matter.
-- Anonymous User  9/5/2014
My name is Leroy. I'm a black American born in 1959 and was named after my father, who was born in 1933, when Leroy was at the height of its popularity in the U.S. I was his firstborn. So my family ended up calling me "Lee" to distinguish me from Dad.

I endured my fair share of ribbing over my name. The earliest was at age 6, when a schoolmate said to me, "Hey Leroy, you're mama's calling you!" I was like, what? It was the first time of many I would hear that as a kid. I learned years later it was the title of a Spanish-tinged '60s song by Jimmy Castor, who would go on to become famous in the '70s for the funky "Bertha Butt Boogie." I didn't actually listen to "Hey, Leroy..." until my 40s through the magic of YouTube. The song actually sounds good.

Then there were other jokes. Jim Croce's "Bad Bad Leroy Brown;" "Leroy boy is that you.." from Todd Rundgren's "We Gotta Get You a Woman"; the late comedian Flip Wilson's "Reverend Leroy" of the "Church of What's Happening Now" - you get my drift. Kids also called me "Elroy" (as in Elroy Jetson) and "Kilroy" (as in Kilroy was here, the WWII-era expression popular with GIs.)

For those reasons, I decided early on there wouldn't be a Leroy III. I joke that the name Leroy screams "Black American born before 1960." I could legally change it, but why bother; way too many records exist out there with my current name that would need to be changed. As a black American carrying a European name, I hope one day to learn what tribe in West Africa I'm truly descended from so that I can at least take some variation of the meaning of Leroy (The King) in that tribe's language and informally add it to my current name. Peace.
-- leroydubya  8/21/2015
Nickname? "The king" is its literal translation.
-- Sabertooth  10/4/2015

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