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What does Rae mean?

Rae \rae\ as a girls' name (also used as boys' 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 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 (#5086 out of 88799, Top 6%). (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. (2014 Birth 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 usage of Rae and related names. Prominent varying forms of Rae ranked in the Top 1000 are Rachel (#155 a year ago), Raelynn (#267), Raelyn (#410), Raquel (#697), Rayna (#836), Shelley, Ray, Shellie, Shelly, Ramona, Rachelle, Rachael and Racheal. This girl name was at the apex of its popularity during the years 1970-1979 and is now much less popular, with versions like Rachael, Raquel, Shelley, Shellie and Shelly falling out of style. Raelynn (#267) and Raelyn (#410) are two of the more chic birth names here. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rachael, Racheal, Rachel, Rachelle, Rae, Raelyn, Raelynn, Ramona, Raquel, Ray in U.S.

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Rayna, Shelley, Shellie, Shelly in U.S.

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

Similar Names

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.