Thoughts on Rory

I’m not expecting- just love names! I adore the name [name]Rory[/name] for a little boy and the only [name]Rory[/name]'s i’ve ever known/ heard of are boys but recently i’ve been hearing it much more as a girls name which is really dissappointing. [name]Do[/name] you think [name]Rory[/name] is a boy or girls name? And if i did call a future son [name]Rory[/name] i’m worried he would be bullied for having a ‘girls’ name. Is this silly?? Thanks

As a creator of Nameberry and the mom of a (female) [name]Rory[/name], I can tell you that this name is just about 50-50 in the US though still almost completely male in the UK. It’s rising in both places. I don’t think a boy [name]Rory[/name] would be teased but he will meet a lot of girls with the name, at least in the US.

I don’t know any real life [name]Rory[/name]'s so my first instinct is to associate it with females because of [name]Rory[/name] [name]Gilmore[/name] from the show The [name]Gilmore[/name] Girls. But I am aware that it unisex name and I tend to think it has boyish qualities. I don’t think [name]Rory[/name] would be bullied as it’s not an overly feminine name.

Like [name]Pam[/name] said this is one of the most evenly-divided-between-the-genders names in the U.S. right now (slightly more popular for boys), although the gap is growing (leaning more back to the boys) as we get further away from when [name]Gilmore[/name] Girls aired. I think it’s very much usable for a boy and shouldn’t be a major risk as something like [name]Addison[/name] or [name]Mackenzie[/name] might be ([name]Rory[/name] is still fairly uncommon overall in [name]America[/name], so most likely he’d be the only one of either gender in his class).

I was going to say the same information, but everyone else beat me to it.
[name]Rory[/name] is on our short list for #3. we automatically think female because of [name]Gilmore[/name] Girls, but I can see it for a boy too.
I was happy to learn [name]Pam[/name] has a daughter [name]Rory[/name] :slight_smile:
[name]Pam[/name], whats Rorys mn? I’m having a hard time with finding a mn.

I’ve only heard it on boys in real life (though I think it’s cute as a nickname for [name]Aurora[/name] on girls). I wouldn’t think that a male [name]Rory[/name] would run into any problems with his name.

I agree that the first thing I think of is [name]Rory[/name] [name]Gilmore[/name], but hers is short for [name]Lorelei[/name]. I also think just as much of [name]Rory[/name] McIlroy, a young Irish golfer who won the US Open this year. He is one of the top 10 golfers in the world right now, and with [name]Tiger[/name] Woods not performing well, he’s becoming one of golf’s new stars, so he may bring more of a voice to the male Rorys out there. [name]Just[/name] to update you on the golf world!

I’ve only met one [name]Rory[/name], a littl girl who’s probably about 10 months old. I could totally see this name on a little boy though - it’s not like it’s a real girly sounding same.

The only [name]Rory[/name] I know is a guy, so I think it fits a boy perfectly.

Only [name]Rory[/name] I’ve known was male.

I find it hard to imagine [name]Rory[/name] as a girls name, I love it as a boys name.

I think of two more “[name]Rory[/name]-s”. 1st–[name]Robert[/name] [name]Kennedy[/name]‘s youngest child, born posthumously, was named “[name]Rory[/name]” in his memory. I think her full name is [name]Rory[/name] [name]Elizabeth[/name] [name]Catherine[/name].
2nd–Then there’s [name]Bill[/name] and [name]Melinda[/name] Gates’ son: [name]Rory[/name] [name]John[/name].
In real life, I know several [name]Rory[/name]-s, ranging in age from co-workers to a 10 month old, and they’re all girls.
I do think our own [name]Pam[/name] and her books influenced many people over the years to consider [name]Rory[/name] for their daughters. I think it has a hip but still timeless quality. It would have been the name of our second baby–but he is a boy and we went with something more clearly masculine to our ears.

Thanks this has been really reassuring. I live in the Uk so i’m glad they’re are mostly boys here! Thanks for everyones input.

[name]Rory[/name] is masculine to me as well. The “roar” part seems harsh for a girl.

I definitely think [name]Rory[/name] is unisex but I have to be honest, I do prefer it for a girl. I think it works for a boy too, though, and I don’t think he would be made fun of.

I must say I consider it a name for girls, because it’s my name! There’s only one other person I know with the name (a man), and I’ve never actually met him. Well, that’s besides [name]Rory[/name] [name]Gilmore[/name]. I think it can be a name for a boy or girl, because it’s not to girly but not too manly either. I’m always asked what it’s short for, even though it’s my given name. I’m obviously a bit biased, but I [name]LOVE[/name] the name for girls and boys.