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Meaning and name origin

Shay \shay\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Shay), is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shay is "admirable". Shay is a variant of Shea (Gaelic): also possibly (Irish, Gaelic) "from the fairy fort".


Shay has 2 variant forms: Shae, Shaye.


Shay is a very popular first name for females (#2070 out of 4276, Top 48%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3699 out of 88799, Top 4%) (2000 U.S. Census).

Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shay and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shea, Shaye and Shae. (2014 statistics).

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Shea, Shae in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shea, Shaye, Shae outside U.S.

Similar Names

Shay is also pronounced similarly to Cha-, Chaya, Sha-, Shaya and She-. Other suggested similar baby names are Shan, Shary and Sky. These names tend to be less commonly used than Shay.