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Meaning and name origin
Shay \shay\ as a girl's name (also used as boy's name Shay), has the meaning "admirable" and 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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#3699 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the girl name Shay and its variant forms. Variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Shae, Shaye and Shea. (2014 statistics).
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.