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Roy is a masculine given name and a family surname with varied origin. In Anglo-Norman England, the name derived from the Norman roy, meaning "king", while its Old French cognate, rey or roy (modern roi), likewise gave rise to Roy as a variant in the Francophone world. In India, Roy is a variant of the surname Rai,[1] likewise meaning "king".[2] It also arose independently in Scotland, an anglicisation from the Scottish Gaelic nickname ruadh, meaning "red".[1]

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