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pinWhat does Shay mean?

Shay /shay/ [1 syll.] as a name for girls (also used as boys' name Shay) is of Gaelic origin, and Shay means "admirable". Shay is an alternate spelling of Shea (Gaelic) with the suffix -y.


Shay has 2 variants: Shae and Shaye.

Shay has 5 more relations via Shea: Shaelee, Shayda, Shayla, Shaylee and Shaylyn.

Kreatif forms: Sashay, Shaysa, Shayti. [more]

pinHow 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. Census)

Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Shay and corresponding names. Prominent alternative forms of Shay (unlisted) listed in the Top 1000 are Shayla (#746 last year), Shea, Shaylee and Shae. Usage of these girl names was at its apex in 1998 (usage of 0.314%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.0635%, down 79.8%), with the versions Shayla, Shaylee and Shea becoming less stylish. (2014 Birth Statistics)

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

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

pinSimilar Names

Shay is alike in pronunciation to Cha-, Chaya, Sha-, Shaya and She-. Other suggested similar baby names are Shan, Shary and Sky. These names tend to be less frequently used than Shay.