What does Shay mean?
Shay /shay/ [1 syll.] as a boys' name (also used as girls' name Shay) is of Gaelic origin, and the meaning of Shay is "admirable". Shay is a variant form, with the suffix -y, of Shea (Gaelic): from Seaghdha.
How popular is Shay?
Shay is an unusual first name for males but a very prominent surname for all people (#3513 out of 150436, Top 2%). (2000 U.S. Census)
Charted below is the birth name popularity of Shay for boys. Shay was first listed in 1990 and reached its peak rank of #837 in the U.S. in 1991, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)
Shea is the only other prominent alternative form of Shay ranked in the Top 1000. Adoption of these boy names was at its most widespread in 1991 (usage of 0.202%) and has become significantly less since, with the form Shea becoming less fashionable. Below is a charted comparison of the usage of Shay and corresponding names. (2014 Birth Statistics)