What does Raye mean?
Raye /raye/ as a girls' name (also used as boys' name Raye) is of Hebrew origin, and Raye means "ewe". Raye is an alternate form, with the suffix -ye, of Rae (Hebrew): short version of Rachel. Raye is also a variation of Ray (Hebrew).
How popular is Raye?
Raye is a somewhat popular first name for females (#2605 out of 4276, Top 61%) and an even more popular surname for all people (#16540 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Prominent alternative forms of Raye (not in Top 1000) ranked in the Top 1000 are Raelyn (#410 from current records), Rayna (#836), Ray and Rae. Other forms, like Rayona, are uncommon. Usage of these relations of Raye was at its highest during 1890-1899 (median #701) and is almost as conventional today (#811, 36.8% less), but with the versions Rae and Ray becoming less in vogue. Raelyn is the most trendy name for newborns in this list. Below is a graphed comparison of the popularity of Raye and related names. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Raye is alike in pronunciation to Raya, Rea, Ree, Rei, Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhea▼, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other recommended similar baby names are Amye, Cadye, Caye, Faye▼, Gaye▼, Jaye, Kacye, Kaye▼, Maye▼, Rahel, Ranae, Ranee, Rayne, Raynee, Rayven, Rayzel, Razi, Riayn, Rose, Royce, Roze, Sadye▼, Shaye, Skye▲ and Tacye. These names tend to be less frequently used than Raye.