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What does Rae mean?

Rae /rae/ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Rae) is pronounced ray. It is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Rae is "ewe".

Short form of Rachel or a feminine form of Ray. Also used as a prefix in blended and compound names. See also Rayann. Actress Rae Dawn Chong.

Associated with: dawn


Rae has 26 variants: 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.

Affiliated girl name: Ramona.

Rae has 5 more different relations via Rachel, Ray, Rayann: Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel and Rayla.

Kreatif forms:
(female) Rase, Rre, ..

(male) Raer, Raery, ..

How popular is Rae?

Rae is a very popular first name for women (#751 out of 4276, Top 18%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#6490 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Census)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Displayed below is the baby name statistics of Rae for girls. Rae reached its top rank of #345 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not ranked currently. (Top 2000 Names, 2014)

Top 2000 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 usage of Rae and related names. Prominent varying forms of Rae are Rachel (#155 via latest list), Raelynn (#267), Raelyn (#410), Raquel (#697), Rayna (#836), Ramona (#1089), Rayma, Raylene, Raye, Raeann, Ray and Raelene. Other forms, like Rahel, are uncommon. These forms of Rae were popular as birth names in 1996 (adoption of 1.4%) and are now much less popular (adoption 0.3%, 80%), with versions like Raquel going out of style. Raelynn, Raelyn and Rayna are three of the more chic birth names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rae, Rachel, Raeann, Raelene, Raelyn in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raelynn, Ramona, Raquel, Ray, Raye in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raylene, Rayma, Rayna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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