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Shay (girl)

What does Shay mean?

Shay Pronunciation of Shay [shay] as a name for girls (also used less generally as boys' name Shay) is of Gaelic origin, and Shay means "admirable". Shay is an alternate spelling of Shea (Gaelic).

Associated with: gaelic.

Variations

Shay has 2 variants: Shae and Shaye.

4 more relations via Shea: Shayda, Shayla, Shaylee and Shaylyn.

Creative forms:
(female) Sashay, Shaysa, ..

(male) Shayge, Shayto, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shay Jersey (S.J.), ..

How popular is Shay?

Shay is a very popular first name for females (#2070 out of 4276, Top 48%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#3513 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Shay was first listed in 1970-1979 and reached its apex rank of #1111 in the U.S. in 1995, and is at #1373 currently. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related girl names. Prominent alternative forms of Shay (#1373 last year) listed in the Top 2000 are Shayla (#800 last year), Shea (#1276), Shaylee (#1388), Shae (#1671), Shaye and Shaylyn. Usage of these relations of Shay was widespread 16 years ago (median #1130) and is now significantly lower.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shay, Shae, Shaye, Shayla, Shaylee in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shaylyn, Shea in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shay and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shay is alike in pronunciation to Cha-, Chaya, Chiyo, Sha-, Shaya, She- and Xia. Other suggested similar names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, May, Ray, Sal, Sam, San, Sean, Shade, Shadi, Shadya, Shaka, Shan, Shan-, Shana, Shanay, Shandy, Shane, Shaney, Shani, Shara, Sharay, Shari, Sharly, Shary, Sharyl, Sharyn, Shaun, Shayan, Shayna, Shayne, Sher, Sheray, Shery, Sian, Sky, Sofy, Stacy, Star, Stasy, Staz, Suky, Susy and Suzy. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shay.

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