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Raye (boy)

What does Raye mean?

Raye Pronunciation of Raye [raye] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Raye) means "protecting hands". Raye is an alternate spelling of Ray (English, Old German).

Associated with: protecting (defender).


Raye has 3 variants: Rae, Rai and Reigh.

6 more alternative forms via Ray: Raice, Rayce, Rayder, Raydon, Raylen and Raynell.

Creative forms:
(male) Rowye, Roye, ..

(female) Rale, Rayere, ..

Middle name pairings:
Raye Jermaine (R.J.), ..

How popular is Raye?

Raye is an uncommon given name for males but a very popular surname for all people (#16540 out of 150436, Top 11%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Ray (#713 from recent data), Raylen (#1549), Rayce and Rae are the prominent varying forms of Raye (not in Top 2000) appearing in the Top 2000. Other variants, like Raice, are seldom used. Usage of these forms of Raye was at its apex a century ago (adoption of 0.33%) and has become much lower since (adoption 0.02%, 93%). (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Rae, Ray, Rayce, Raylen in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Raye and related baby names outside U.S.

Similar Names

Raye is alike in pronunciation to Rei, Reo, Rey, Rio, Roe, Roi, Row, Rowe, Roy, Ruy, Rye, Ryu, Ryuu and Wray. Other recommended names are Arye, Brye, Coye, Daye, Faye, Graye, Jaye, Kaye, Keye, Rab, Rabee, Rad, Radd, Rafa, Rafe, Rafel, Rafi, Rahm, Rain, Raine, Raj, Raja, Ralf, Ram, Rama, Ramey, Rami, Ramy, Rance, Rand, Rane, Range, Ras, Raul, Ravee, Ravel, Raven, Ravi, Rayne, Rayner, Raynes, Rayven, Reade, Reave, Rene, Reve, Reyd, Reyes, Rhys, Rice, Rike, Roane, Rome, Royce, Royer, Royle, Rube, Rune, Ryne, Shaye and Skye. These names tend to be more frequently used than Raye.

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