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What does Shays mean?

Shays Pronunciation of Shays [shays] as a name for boys is of Gaelic origin, and Shays means "admirable". Shays is an alternate spelling of Shea (Gaelic): from Seaghdha.

Associated with: gaelic.


5 different relations via Shea: Shae, Shai, Shay, Shaye and Shaylon.

Creative forms:
(male) Shoays, Shoys, ..

(female) Shasa, Shaza, ..

Middle name pairings:
Shays Kelton (S.K.), ..

How popular is Shays?

Shays is a rare given name for men but a somewhat popular surname for both adults and children (#97848 out of 150436, Top 65%). (2000 U.S. Demographics)

Which version is better?

with its source form and related boy names. Prominent related forms of Shays (not ranked) appearing in the Top 2000 are Shae, Shai, Shay and Shea (#1646 last year). These forms of Shays were at the top of their popularity 25 years ago and have become much less widespread since. (2015 U.S. SSA Records)

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

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

Similar Names

Shays is pronounced similarly to Chace, Chas, Chase, Chayce, Chayse, Chaz, Chazz and Chess. Other suggested similar names are Hays, Mays, Rhys, Shaan, Shad, Shadd, Shade, Shadi, Shaka, Shamus, Shan, Shane, Shani, Shann, Shaq, Shaul, Shaun, Shaw, Shawn, Shayan, Shayn, Shayne and Swayn. These names tend to be more commonly used than Shays.

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