Shay - boys name

Shay name popularity, meaning and origin

Name Popularity: 92%

Shay name meaning:

The name Shay is of Gaelic origin and has multiple meanings depending on its usage and cultural context. One interpretation of the name Shay is "admirable" or "praiseworthy," highlighting qualities of high regard and respect. Alternatively, it could be derived from the Hebrew name "Shai," meaning "gift," signifying a child who is seen as a blessing or a precious present.

Shay is often used as a given name for boys. It conveys a sense of strength, dignity, and honor. Boys named Shay are often associated with qualities such as intelligence, charisma, and leadership. The name can also have a unisex appeal, as it can be used for both girls and boys.

In summary, the name Shay carries connotations of admiration and praise, embodying qualities of high regard and honor. Its Gaelic origin and potential Hebrew influence contribute to its rich cultural history and diverse interpretations. Whether used for a boy or a girl, the name Shay is often associated with attributes of strength, intelligence, and charisma.

Origin: Irish

Variant of Shea: Courteous. Surname.


Unisex names

Related names

Shea , Shae , Shai , Shay , Shayan , Shaye , Shaylon, Shey

Other boys names beginning with S


Overall UK ranking: 393 out of 4789

110 recorded births last year

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    Regional popularity

    Ranking for this name in various UK regions

  • Scotland (150)

Historical popularity of Shay

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