[ 1 syll. ray, ra-y ] The baby boy name Ray is also used as a girl name, but it is much more common for boys. It is pronounced as Rey- †. Ray is used chiefly in the English language, and it is derived from English and Germanic origins.
Ray is a contraction of the name Rayburn.
Ray is also a contraction of the name Raymond (English and French) in the English language.
Ray is also a contraction of the name Rayner (English and German) in the English language.
See also the related category germanic (german).
Ray is a classic favorite. At present it is still somewhat popular as a baby name for boys, though it was in more widespread use in the past. Its usage peaked modestly in 1904 with 0.312% of baby boys being given the name Ray. Its ranking then was #55. The baby name has since experienced a substantial loss in popularity, and is of occasional use in recent years. In 2018, its usage was only 0.017% and its ranking #728. Among the group of boy names directly linked to Ray, Raymond was the most popular. In 2018, its use outnumbered Ray's by 4 times. Ray has predominantly been a baby boy name in the past century. In 1936, 47 times as many baby boys than girls were given the name Ray.
† Pronunciation for Ray: R as in "race (R.EY.S)" ; EY as in "ate (EY.T)"
Details of famous persons named Ray:
Actor Ray Liotta, born 18 December 1955, Newark, New Jersey.
Author Ray Bradbury, born Raymond Douglas Bradbury, 22 August 1920, Waukegan, Illinois.
Comedian Ray Romano, born 21 December 1957, Queens, New York.
Filmmaker Ray Harryhausen, born 29 June 1920, Los Angeles, California.
Game Show Host Ray Combs, born 3 April 1956 - 2 June 1996, Hamilton, Ohio.
Pop Musician Ray Charles, born 23 September 1930 - 10 June 2004, Albany, Georgia.