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What does Ray mean?

Ray \ray\ as a boys' name (also used less commonly as girls' name Ray) is pronounced ray. It is of English and Old German origin, and the meaning of Ray is "protecting hands". A short form of Raymond used as an independent name in the 20th century and also in contemporary blends. See also Raynor. Singer Ray Charles; boxer Sugar Ray Leonard; author Ray Bradbury; actors Ray Liotta, Ray Romano.


Variations

Ray has 11 variants: Rae, Rai, Raice, Rayce, Rayder, Raydon, Raye, Rayford, Raylen, Raynell and Reigh.

For more information, see also the related boy name Rashaun.

Ray has 32 more alternative forms via Raymond, Raynor: Raemond, Raemondo, Ragnar, Raimond, Raimondo, Raimund, Raimundo, Rainer, Rainier, Rainor, Rajmund, Ramon, Ramond, Ramonde, Ramone, Rane, Ranell, Ranieri, Raniero, Rayment, Raymondo, Raymund, Raymunde, Raymundo, Raynar, Rayne, Rayner, Raynord, Reinier, Renier, Reymond and Reymundo.

Ray has 3 feminine forms: Rae, Raina and Rayann.


Popularity

Ray is a very prominent first name for men (#132 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very prominent surname for all people (#208 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. Census)

Shown below is the birth name popularity of Ray for boys. Ray reached its peak position of #55 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, and is presently at #733. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ray name in U.S.

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

Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Ray and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Ray (#733 a year ago) rated in the Top 1000 are Raymond (#264 a year ago), Ramon (#647), Raymundo and Rayford. Usage of these boy names was at its apex during 1940-1949 (usage of 0.6378%) and is now significantly lower (usage 0.2712%, down 57.5%), with the forms Ramon, Ray, Raymond, Rayford and Raymundo falling out of fashion. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 1000 baby names ranking of Ramon, Ray, Rayford, Raymond, Raymundo in U.S.

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


Similar Names

Ray is pronounced similarly to Rei, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu and Wray. Other recommended similar baby names are Bay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay, Rab, Rad, Raj, Ram, Ramy, Ras, Tay and Way. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ray.

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