[ 1 syll. ray, ra-y ] The baby girl name Ray is also used as a boy name, with the latter form being far more popular. It is pronounced Rey- †. Ray has its origins in the Hebrew language and it is used largely in English.
Ray is an English shortening of the English, French, German, and Yiddish Rachel.
Ray is also a form of the English, Hebrew, and Scandinavian Rae.
Ray is rare as a baby girl name. At the modest peak of its usage in 1911, 0.014% of baby girls were named Ray. It had a ranking of #527 then. The baby name has substantially dropped in popularity since then, and is of only sporadic use now. In 2018, out of the family of girl names directly related to Ray, Rachel was the most frequently used. Ray has mainly been a boy name in the last century. There were 47 times more boys than girls who were named Ray in 1936.
† Pronunciation for Ray: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"