Ray

Ray - A very unique male name



  Jan 17,2017      Abigail Adams, Editorial writer   

Ray, meaning wise protector, appeared on the charts for the first time in 1910 on position #66. In this article you'll learn the history of this name, statistics, see famous people named Ray and more.
Are you having a baby or looking to learn more about the name Ray? Our experts and editorial staff have gathered trends and insights for 30,000+ baby names over the last 100 years -- And on this page you will learn everything you ever wanted to know about the name Ray. The baby boy name Ray was given to 260 baby boys in 2012, ranking #750 on the national boy baby name top chart.

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With that position 1 in 6,312 baby boys were given this name - making this a very unique male name according to our Popularity Score algorithm. Ray peaked in popularity 91 years ago in 1926 on position 57.



Famous with this name

Ray Liotta
Ray Romano
Ray Winstone


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Ray is currently topping the charts in...

Did you know that popularity can vary a lot between states? Ray is currently topping the baby name charts in Massachusetts at position #434 - and is the least popular in Georgia at position #1,170.

Why care about state specific baby name charts? It could be that a name that is very popular on the national overall charts is less (or even more) popular where you live. So make sure you check out the state specific charts below and find out how popular or unique Ray is where you live.


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Ray origin and meaning

Ray is a 3 letter name with 1 syllables. This name means wise protector. To see famous people named Ray, pop culture references for the name Ray and nicknames & variations - visit Nameberry or Wikipedia.

Similar to Ray

We've found the following names that sound similar to Ray, sorted by popularity.

Roy / Rory / Rey / Rio / Ryu / Ryo / Rui / Rhea / Rei / Royer /

Name statistics


Most parents-to-be know if they want a popular or unique name, and with these charts and data tables you can easily get a better understanding of how popular or unique this name is.

With a quick glance you can easily tell if this name is increasing or declining in popularity - But note that its current popularity can actually differ a lot from state to state.

Chart position per year (visualized)



Chart position per state (visualized)



Chart position per year (table view)


Year Rank
2012750
2011672
2010639
2009676
2008672
2007651
2006560
2005563
2004580
2003628
2002584
2001568
2000521
1999518
1998494
1997499
1996481
1995456
1994410
1993402
1992393
1991347
1990330
1989326
1988306
1987284
1986284
1985272
1984274
1983273
1982252
1981255
1980262
1979252
1978253
1977252
1976238
1975230
1974219
1973208
1972195
1971196
1970186
1969183
1968169
1967165
1966156
1965149
1964143
1963131
1962132
1961126
1960121
1959121
1958121
1957111
1956113
1955114
1954118
1953115
1952113
1951113
1950111
1949109
1948100
194797
194695
194592
194486
194384
194284
194183
194077
193974
193872
193771
193665
193565
193464
193362
193259
193160
193058
192957
192857
192760
192657
192564
192460
192362
192265
192166
192067
191969
191869
191774
191673
191567
191474
191373
191277
191169
191066

Chart position per state (table view)


State Rank
Massachusetts434
Alabama459
Maryland494
California505
Arizona531
Texas552
Ohio620
Oregon626
Illinois671
Wisconsin726
Louisiana732
Florida747
New Jersey756
Missouri795
Tennessee845
Washington900
Indiana925
Michigan991
New York1032
Georgia1170

Even more about Ray


These are some of the common questions you may want to have answered to know if this is the perfect name for your baby.

Is Ray a common or unique name?

By analyzing the number of births and frequency of this name we've determined that it's currently a very unique male name.

What is the number of syllables for the name Ray?

1 syllables. Why is this important? One of the things that makes a baby name sound good and have a nice rythm is the number of syllables - and especially the number of syllables along with the syllable count for your last name. A simple rule is to avoid having the same number of syllables in your first, middle and last name.

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#
On chart
1926
Peak year
Male


Popularity Score™

Name Ray
Gender Male
Popularity 1 in 6,312
Letter count 3
Syllable count 1
Year first discovered 1910
2012 births +260

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