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What does Rai mean?

Rai Pronunciation of Rai [rai] as a boys' name is pronounced RYE-ee. It is of Japanese origin, and the meaning of Rai is "trust; lightning, thunder". Also a Spanish short form of Raimundo.

Affiliated boy name: Ray.

Associated with: lightning (bright), thunder.


Creative forms:
(male) Raid, Rame, ..

(female) Rada, Rais, ..

Middle name pairings:
Rai Brayson (R.B.), ..

How popular is Rai?

Rai is an uncommonly occurring given name for men but a very prominent surname for both adults and children (#13290 out of 150436, Top 9%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Which version is better?

with similar and related boy names. The only prominent related form of Rai (not in Top 2000) rated in the Top 2000 is Ray (#713 in 2015). Adoption of this relation of Rai was at its highest during 1890-1899 (#55) and has become much diminished since (#713, down 94%), with Ray becoming somewhat outmoded. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Rai is pronounced similarly to Rae, Raye, Rei, Reigh, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other suggested similar names are Cai, Dai, Hai, Jai, Kai, Rab, Rabi, Rad, Rafi, Rain, Raj, Ram, Rami, Ras and Ravi. These names tend to be more frequently used than Rai.

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