What does Ray mean?
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.
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How popular is Ray?
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)
Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Ray and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Ray (#733 via latest list) rated in the Top 1000 are Raymond (#264 via latest list), Ramon (#647) and Rayford. Usage of these relations of Ray was widespread in the 1930s (adoption of 0.78%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.339%, 56.5% less), with forms like Raymond falling out of fashion.
Thinking of names?
Ray▼ is pronounced similarly to Rei, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy▼, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu 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.