Gender Masculine
Pronounced Pron. RWU(Irish)  [key·IPA]

Meaning & History

Irish and Scottish Gaelic byname meaning "red", often a nickname for one with red hair. This was the nickname of the Scottish outlaw Raibeart Ruadh MacGregor (1671-1734), known as Rob Roy in English.

Related Names

Other Languages & CulturesRoy(Dutch) Roy, Rowan, Rowen(English) Rowan, Ruadhán(Irish) Rúadán(Old Irish) Roy(Scottish)


Sources & References

  1. O'Brien, Kathleen M. Index of Names in Irish Annals, available from
Entry updated April 5, 2022