US Popularity:1497
Other Origin(s):British
Meaning:King; Roe; Counsel, advice; Ray (of sunshine)
Ray is a gender-neutral name of English and German origins, open to a wealth of interpretations and impressions. In the Old German tongue, Ray finds fitting roots in regin, meaning "counsel" or "advice," elevating the bearer to a more learned stature. A trip to British shores, and Ray comes from a Middle English nickname for "king" and a "roe." In this realm, Ray represents one born to lead, possessing an unapologetic swagger and appreciation for the high life. Ray is also associated with the sun, referring to a beam of light or sunray. Across the oceans, Ray continues to evolve in cultures the world over. Ever-changing in its meaning, Ray is a title that encourages baby to grow beyond expectations with acceptance and self-belief.

Famous People Named Ray

Wondering who else shares this name? Check out these well known people who made this baby name famous.
  • Ray Charles
  • Ray Dolby
  • Ray Kurzweil
  • Ray Lewis
    Football Player
  • Ray Nitschke
    Football Player

Ray Name Popularity Data

The Bump Ranking

Overall:Ray is currently #891 on The Bump
Boy:Ray is currently #658 on The Bump Boy Names
Girl:Ray is currently #490 on The Bump Girl Names

U.S. Births

Overall:Ray is currently #1497 in U.S. births
Boy:Ray is currently #1610 in U.S. births
Girl:Ray is currently #8452 in U.S. births

Yearly Ranking Change:

in 2022
+ 510
from 2021
In comparison to the previous year's data
  • WordSense Dictionary, Ray

  • Online Etymology Dictionary, ray, November 2022

  • Behind the Name, Ray, December 2014

  • Behind the Name, Raymond, December 2022

  • Name Doctor, Ray

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