Ray - boys name

Ray name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 90%

Ray name meaning:

The name Ray is of English origin and has multiple meanings. As a standalone name, Ray is often interpreted as "beam of light" or "radiance." It is derived from the Old English word "raegn" or "rae," meaning "beam" or "ray of light." This name conveys a sense of brightness, energy, and illumination.

In some cases, Ray can be a shortened form of other names such as Raymond or Rayan, which have different etymological roots. For example, Raymond is of Germanic origin, meaning "wise protector," while Rayan is of Arabic origin, meaning "gates of paradise." In these cases, the name Ray may carry similar connotations of strength, protection, or divine presence.

Overall, the name Ray has a positive and powerful aura, symbolizing light, wisdom, and protection. It can be seen as an expression of hope, enlightenment, and guidance, making it a popular choice for parents seeking a name with a strong and meaningful message for their baby boy.

Origin: English

Counselor. Abbreviation of Raymond.


Unisex names

Related names

Ray , Raimondo, Raimund, Rajmund, Ramon, Ramone , Rayce, Rayder, Raydon, Rayford, Raylen , Rayman, Raymon, Raymonde, Raynell

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Overall UK ranking: 487 out of 4789

82 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (720)

Historical popularity of Ray

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