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Shay (boy)

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What does Shay mean?

Shay /shay/ as a boys' name (also used more commonly 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.

Associated with: gaelic


Shay has 3 variants: Shae, Shai and Shaye.

Shay has 2 more different relations via Shea: Shaylon and Shays.

Kreatif forms:
(male) Salay, Sha, ..

(female) Shayah, Shaysa, ..

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)


Ranking and usage % can show different trends depending on the distribution of names that year.

Charted below is the birth name statistics of Shay for boys. Shay was first listed in 1960-1969 and reached its peak rank of #837 in the U.S. in 1991, but is not listed at the moment. (2014 Birth Statistics)

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shay name in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shay outside U.S.

Shae, Shai and Shea (#1512 the previous year) are the prominent alternative forms of Shay ranked in the Top 2000. Usage of these forms of Shay was at its most widespread in 1990 (average #1244) and has become significantly less since (#1878, 71.9%).

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Shay, Shae, Shai, Shea in U.S.

Top 100 baby names ranking of Shay outside U.S.

Similar Names


Shay is alike in pronunciation to Chai, Chayo, Che, Shaw and Shia. Other suggested similar names are Bay, Bray, Clay, Day, Dray, Fay, Gay, Gray, Jay, Kay, Klay, O'Shay, Ray, Saad, Sal, Sam, Samy, Seal, Sean, Shaan, Shad, Shaday, Shadd, Shade, Shadi, Shaka, Shan, Shandy, Shane, Shani, Shann, Shaq, Shaul, Shaun, Shawn, Shayan, Shayn, Shayne, Shem, Shep, Shug, Sky, Sly, Sohan, Stacy, Stan, Sujay, Swayn, Tay, Way and Wray. These names tend to be more frequently used than Shay.