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Ray (girl)

What does Ray mean?

Ray Pronunciation of Ray as a girls' name (also used more generally as boys' name Ray) is of Hebrew origin, and the meaning of Ray is "ewe". Short form of Rachel; variant spelling of Rae.



VARIANTS Raye, Rayla, Raylene

SEE ALSO Raina, Rayann

RELATIONS VIA RACHEL, RAE Rae, Raelyn, Rahel, Rahil, Rakel, Rayma, Rayna, Rayona




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How popular is Ray?

Ray is a very popular first name for women (#1348 out of 4276, Top 32%) and also a very popular surname for both adults and children (#208 out of 150436, Top 1%). (2000 U.S. DEMOGRAPHICS)

Ray reached its apex rank of #462 in the U.S. during 1890-1899, but is not found in the list currently. (2018 U.S. SSA RECORDS)

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

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

Which version is better?

Prominent variation forms of Ray listed in the Top 2000 are Rachel (#198 VIA LATEST LIST), Raelyn (#327), Rayna (#701), Raina (#812), Rae (#1122), Raye, Raylene and Rayma. Adoption of these forms of Ray was common 2 decades ago (ADOPTION OF 0.95%) and is now significantly less (ADOPTION 0.21%, 78.2% LESS), with versions such as Ray becoming somewhat dated. Raelyn, Rayna and Raina are three of the more fashionable birth names here.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Ray, Rachel, Rae, Raelyn, Raina in U.S.

Top 2000 baby names ranking of Raye, Raylene, Rayma, Rayna in U.S.

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

Similar Names

Ray is alike in pronunciation to Raya, Rea, Ree, Rei, Rey, Reya, Rhae, Rhaya, Rhea, Rhia, Ria, Rie, Roya, Rue, Rui and Rye. Other recommended sound-alike names are Bay, Cay, Day, Fay, Gay, Jay, Kay and May. These names tend to be less commonly used than Ray.

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