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Rae (boy)

What does Rae mean?

Rae Pronunciation of Rae [rae] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Rae). The name Rae means "protecting hands". Rae is an alternate spelling of Ray (English, Old German).

Associated with: protecting (defender).


Rae has 3 variants: Rai, Raye and Reigh.

4 more alternative forms via Ray: Raice, Rayce, Rayder and Raylen.

2 feminine forms: Ray and Rayann.

Creative forms:
(male) Raer, Rude, ..

(female) Ran, Rase, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rae Jaxx (R.J.), ..

How popular is Rae?

Rae is an unusual first name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#6490 out of 150436, Top 4%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Rae was first listed in 1890-1899 and reached its peak rank of #1235 in the U.S. in the 1890s, but is not listed at the moment. (Top 2000 Names, 2015)

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

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

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent varying forms of Rae are Ray (#713 from current records), Rayce and Raylen (#1549). Other variants, like Raice, are seldom used. These forms of Rae were at the top of their popularity during the years 1890-1899 (usage of 0.3%) and are now much less common, with the version Ray becoming less stylish.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rae, Ray, Rayce, Raylen in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rae is alike in pronunciation to Rei, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other suggested similar names are Jae, Rab, Rad, Rafe, Raj, Ram, Rane and Ras. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rae.

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