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A name like ROY…but not ROY

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  • lisanmills8
    Participant

    My husband and I want to name our son after his Great Uncle Roy, but we don’t like Roy. Any suggestions? Here’s what we have…

    Royan
    Royson
    Royston
    Troy…my best friend named her son that…I don’t think I should go there.

    Everything seems just ok to me.
    Middle and last name “James Randolph”

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  • ashthedreamer
    ashthedreamer
    Participant

    Rory! It only adds one letter, but it’s so charming and quirky. I would love to meet a little boy named Rory. :)

    I think Royce is nice, too, and has “Roy” right there, but I like Rory better, personally. There’s Royal, too, but that’s a bit… royal?

    I looked it up, and Roy is an Anglicization of the Scottish name Ruadh (pronounced like Roy). In Scottish it means “red” and sometimes it is mistaken for the French word for king “roi” (pronounced rwah with the throaty French “R” that is almost all phlegm and no actual sound. :)). Rory originated from Ruadh and the Irish word for king “ri” being smushed together (hence, ruadhri). So it doesn’t just look similar–Roy and Rory are related. :) There’s also the Scottish (Irish) diminutive of Roy/Ruadh, Ruadhan, which is pronounced ROO-awn, which I thought was really cool, until I realized how much it sounds like “ruin” in English, and I’m not sure I’d want to go there–not just because of the sound, but because I doubt anybody would get the spelling right.

    I think Rory (or even Royce/Royal) would make a great option, though, and I love the sound of Rory James Randolph!

    Good luck!

    vivnoles
    vivnoles
    Participant

    I second Rory :)

    I also know a boy named Royden, you could do that.


    roxannejune
    Participant

    Rory is a great name. You could also do…
    Randall (maybe nickname Randy) as a nod to Randolph
    Ray James
    James Roy
    Jameson
    Royce

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Royce James Randolph certainly sounds dashing! Its almost swoon-worthy! PLUS, it isn’t overly trendy, so there won’t be scads of kids with the same name. I like Rory, but it is very hot right now, and its not going anywhere. There a tons of little Rorys. I find Rory Randolph a little difficult to say as well. Some of the others are very nice, but they sound sort of “forced”, like you are really really trying to come up with something, where Royce seems to sound effortless.

    I also like Royston. It doesn’t sound made up (it’s not!), where something like Roydan sounds like it is.

    There is also the name Croydon. It means “saffron or yellow valley”. I think its pretty cool and Croy is sort of a cool, rugged type of nickname.

    What about honoring Uncle Roy by choosing a name that has the same meaning as Roy (which happens to be “red”)? Then there is a literal ton of names to choose from, if you are open to that idea!

    vivnoles
    vivnoles
    Participant

    Anabel, Royden is an Old English name. It is legitimate. It means “Rye Hill”

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Thanks @vivnoles! I mentioned Roydan, I think. Royden is a surname, which is fine, of course. I do think of steroids a little bit when I hear it. Roidin is also a place in Germany, but I am not sure that I would choose it for a name for the same reason. But that is just my association, and I realize that I try to think of everything possible since kids will out on the playground or on the school bus, unfortunately.


    lisanmills8
    Participant

    So I really like the idea of finding another name that means red…thanks Anabel!

    Uncle Roy is super creative and open minded and would appreciate the spin-off on his name. I started looking up red in all of the languages that represent our children’s ethnicities (Ukrainian, Korean, Cherokee, African American, Irish, Dutch). Uncle Roy is 1/2 Cherokee Indian and red in Cherokee is gigage.

    I know it’s a stretch but I like Gage Randolph! Thoughts….?

    Anabel Conner
    Anabel Conner
    Keymaster

    Uncle Roy sounds like my kind of guy! I did a search on boys names that mean “red”, so you can browse them; just click here.

    My thoughts:

    Please don’t discount Royce. It really, really sounds great. Plus, it means Rose…which is a lovely shade of red, if I do say so myself. Royce James Randolph is such an exquisite name.

    Flynn James Randolph: sounds like a movie star. Srsly. Its also important to say the name without the middle: Flynn Randolph. Yup. Still sounds like a movie star. A boy with this name is definitely going places.

    Raleigh. I must admit Raleigh is one of my favorite names. EVAR. It is a matter of how you feel about the double “R” sound in Raleigh Randolph, however, I think it is super handsome. The name is completely classic and very underused…and I personally know TWO very handsome Raleighs, which likes me like the name even more.

    Reid. Excuse me. Reid James Randolph is so great, if you don’t use it I am going to marry someone with a similar name, have a baby and use it myself. I either want to pinch Reid James Randolph’s cute cheeks or declare him the love of my life…I don’t know which. It would fit a boy through every stage of his life. Wonderful.

    Rey. Hold your horses: Rey James Randolph is fab. Rugged. Handsome. Rough-and-tumble. This would be a great choice.

    Rowan. It means “little red one”, plus…its a nature name and a super one at that..the rowan tree. Its meaning sounds very close to something that would be the utmost honor to Uncle Roy. Rowan James Randolph sounds amazing, too.

    Others that are super cool: Russell and Rufus are both fun and strong at the same time. Rudyard is amazing and has a very strong sound and literary pedigree which Uncle Roy might appreciate.

    You have a bunch of great choices. These are my endorsements, but I am more than happy to help you with any other questions that you might have…and so is everyone else here…we have a great community of name knowledgeable/loving people here!!

    ETA: Gage James Randolph is nice. I don’t think you can go wrong with that. I find a little conflict between Gage and James when I say them together, but you don’t often say a person’s full name all together so I don’t think that is too much of a problem.

    • This reply was modified 6 months, 2 weeks ago by Anabel Conner Anabel Conner. Reason: Opinion on Gage included
    lcd1912
    lcd1912
    Participant

    So many good choices!! My favorite is Royce. But i also really like Gage, Rory, Rowan and Reid. I know Aiden means fiery..?


    jillianjiggs
    Participant

    Ross or Rhys?
    I like the suggestion of Reid.

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    I love the Rowan suggestion!

    Phlutegirl
    Phlutegirl
    Participant

    Royce was going to be my first suggestion! You’ve got a lot of great suggestions here! I’m a big fan of Royce, Reid, Flynn, and Ross!

    TwoSapphires
    TwoSapphires
    Participant

    Oh and yeah, I do really love Ross and Reid, too. :)
    I do find that with a one-syllable FN starting with R and the last name “Randolph,” it seems like two “r”s really close together. To me, if you go with an “R” name it will flow better if it’s at least two syllables so the “r”s aren’t so close together.

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