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.
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.
For more information, see also the related girl name Ramona.
Rae▼ has 37 more different forms via Rachel, Ray, Rayann: Rachael▼, Racheal▼, Rachelanne, Rachelce, Rachele, Racheli, Rachell, Rachelle▼, Rachil, Raechel, Raechell, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Raquel▼, Raquela, Raquella, Raquelle, Rashell, Rashelle, Rayana, Rayanna, Raychel, Raychelle, Raycine, Rayeann, Rayla, Rayleen, Raylynn, Raynell, Raynesha, Raynisha, Rechell, Shell, Shelley▼, Shellie▼ and Shelly▼.
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)
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of Rae for girls. Rae reached its top rank of #345 in the U.S. during the years 1890-1899, but is not ranked currently. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Displayed below is a comparison of the usage of Rae and related names. Prominent varying forms of Rae are Rachel (#155 a year ago), Raelynn (#267), Raelyn (#410), Raquel (#697), Rayna (#836), Shelley, Ray, Shellie, Shelly, Ramona, Rachelle, Rachael and Racheal. These girl names were at the apex of their popularity during 1970-1979 (usage of 0.4442%) and are now much less popular (usage 0.1882%, down 57.6%), with versions like Rachael, Raquel, Rae, Rachelle and Racheal falling out of style. Raelynn (#267) and Raelyn (#410) are two of the more chic birth names here. (Top 1000 Birth Names Records, 2014)
Rae▼ is 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.