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Meaning and name origin

Rae \rae\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Rae), is pronounced ray. Short form of Rachel (Hebrew) "ewe" or a feminine form of Ray. Also used as a prefix in blended and compound names. See also Rayann. Actress Rae Dawn Chong.


Rae has 26 variant forms: Raeann, Raeanna, Raeanne, Raedell, Raedine, Raelaine, Raelani, Raelee, Raeleen, Raelena, Raelene, Raelina, Raella, Raelyn, Raelynn, Raelynne, Raenisha, Ray, Raye, Rayette, Raylene, Raylina, Rayma, Rayna, Raynelle and Rayona.

For more information, see also the related girl name Ramona.


Rae is a very popular first name for females (#751 out of 4276, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#5086 out of 88799, Top 6%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Rae for girls. Rae reached its highest rank of #345 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rae name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rae outside U.S.

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Rae and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Rachel (#155), Raelynn (#267), Raelyn (#410), Rayna (#836), Ray, Ramona and Rae. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rae, Raelyn, Raelynn, Ramona, Ray, Rayna in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Rachel, Rayna outside U.S.

Similar Names

Rae is also pronounced similarly to Raya, Rea, Ree, Rei, Rhae, Rhea, Ria, Rie, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other suggested similar baby names are Fae, Gae, Jae and Mae. These names tend to be less commonly used than Rae.