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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) and also a very popular surname or last name for all people (#173 out of 88799) (2000 U.S. Census).
Displayed below is the baby name popularity of the name Ray for boys (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.
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