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.
For more information, see also the related boy name Rashaun.
Ray is a very popular first name for males (#132 out of 1220, Top 11%) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#173 out of 88799, Top 1%) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ray for boys. Ray reached its highest rank of #55 in the U.S. in 1890-1899. (2014 statistics).
Displayed below is a comparison of the popularity of the boy name Ray and its variant forms. Popular variation forms ranked in the Top 1000/100 are Raymond (#264), Ray (#733) and Rayford. (2014 statistics).
Ray▼ is also pronounced similarly to Rei, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Roy▼, Ruy, Rye, Ryu and Wray. Other suggested 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.