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.
Affiliated boy name: Rashaun.Creative forms:
(male) Raby, Rany, ..
(female) Rah, Raie, .. Middle name pairings:
Ray Lincoln (R.L.), ..
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 #713. (2015 Birth Statistics)
Which version is better?with its variant forms and related boy names. Shown below is an analysis of the popularity of Ray and associated names. Prominent varying forms of Ray (#713 via latest list) rated in the Top 2000 are Raymond (#259 via latest list), Ramon (#633), Raylen (#1549), Rashaun, Rayford, Rayce and Rae. Adoption of these relations of Ray was widespread in the 1920s (adoption of 1.47%) and is now significantly lower (adoption 0.12%, 92% less), with forms like Ray falling out of fashion.
Ray▼ is pronounced similarly to Rei, Reo, Rey▲, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy▼, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other recommended 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.See names in meaning and etymology.