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
(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)
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)
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%).
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.