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Ray meaning and name origin
Ray \ray\ as a boy's name (also used as girl's 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.
Ray has 11 variant forms: Rae, Rai, Raice, Rayce, Rayder, Raydon, Raye, Rayford, Raylen, Raynell and Reigh.
For more information, see also the related name Rashaun.
Baby names that sound like Ray are Roy, Raj, Rey and Ruy.
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Popularity of Ray
Ray is a very popular first name for men (#132 out of 1220) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#173 out of 88799). (1990 U.S. Census)
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