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Ray (girl)

What does Ray mean?

Ray Pronunciation of Ray [ray] as a girls' name (also used more generally as boys' name Ray) is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ray is "ewe". Short form of Rachel; variant spelling of Rae.


Ray has 3 variants: Raye, Rayla and Raylene.

Related girl names: Raina and Rayann.

8 more relations via Rachel, Rae: Rae, Raelyn, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Rayma, Rayna and Rayona.

1 masculine form: Rashaun.

Creative forms:
(female) Rany, Ruey, ..

(male) Raby, Rre, ..

Middle name pairings:
Ray Maylee (R.M.), ..

How popular is Ray?

Ray is a very popular first name for women (#1348 out of 4276, Top 32%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#208 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Ray reached its apex rank of #462 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not found in the list currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray name in U.S.

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

Which version is better?

with its variant forms and related girl names. Prominent variation forms of Ray listed in the Top 2000 are Rachel (#167 via latest list), Raelyn (#340), Rayna (#724), Raina (#924), Rayma, Raylene, Rae and Raye. Adoption of these forms of Ray was common 2 decades ago (adoption of 1.37%) and is now significantly less (adoption 0.21%, 84.5% less), with versions such as Rae becoming somewhat dated. Raelyn, Rayna and Raina are three of the more fashionable birth names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray, Rachel, Rae, Raelyn, Raina in U.S.

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

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

Similar Names

Ray is alike in pronunciation to Raya, Rea, Ree, Rei, Rey, Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhea, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other recommended names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay and May. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ray.

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