I have become really attached to the name Ray lately and can totally see it as the name of a second son if I ever have one. The thing is though, that I'm not sure if I'd use just Ray. I thought of Raymond and I like that but I asked my husband and he said "It's okay, I wouldn't hate it if we used it" which means I could use it but I'd want a better reaction to it than that from him. So anyway I recently found Rayner and I really like it but have not suggested it to my husband yet because I'm not sure if it would be considered weird by the average person.
What do you think of the name Rayner, is it weird?
I also found Rainer, which I like the look of better, but it is pronounced RY-ner, so I couldn't use the nn Ray. Actually I think I like Rainer too, is Rainer too weird? would everyone call him ray-ner either way? What image do you get for Ray? Rayner? Rainer?
I also love the nn Ray, altho when i was looking at it i was looking for girl names that could result in the nn ray.
Ive known ppl who just have the name Ray, but if you want a longer version i think Rayner is the best, Rainer i would pronounce Rain-er
I know a girl in her mid-twenties named Rayner. I think it's super awesome and sounds wonderful (better, actually) on a boy. Rainer still looks like rain-er to me so I'd go ahead and use the nn Ray.
Ray is pretty much locked in as the middle name for our future firstborn. It's my husband's middle and his dad and granddad, ect. He's at least a 5th generation "Ray". Ray on it's own is NMS but It's not hard to work with as a middle and for you, it's very charming as a part of Rayner/Rainer.
Nice choice! Best of luck!
I prefer Raymond, Rayner/Rainer just looks and sounds trendy. Also I would say Rainer as Rain-er, and Rayner as Ray-ner, so there is a slight pn difference for me.
I much prefer Rayner/Rainer to Raymond. Of the two spellings, I prefer Rainer. I like the look of it as well.
And just reading it, I pronounced it as Rain-er as well and (at least when I say them)Rainer and Rayner have no distinction whatsoever, so I think the nickname Ray would hold true for either spelling. However, if you say it differently than you would Rayner, I would stick with Rayner.
I prefer Raymond. A friend of mine is planning on using it to honor family.
I think like Arthur, Atticus, Raymond may be the next name to be nerdy grandpa cool.
I think Raymond is a strong grounded name and I like the meaning.
I love Ray, and Rayner is nice too.
What's the pronunciation difference between Ray-ner and Rain-er? I pronounce Rain the same as "ray" but with an n at the end.
The difference in pronunciation is because Rainer is a German variant of Rayner. It is technically said RYE-ner. I am super excited because my husband said he could see Rainer pronounced Rain-er growing on him :-D. And I just realized that the name honors my mother too because her childhood nickname was Rainy. It doesn't really bother me that we would technically be pronouncing it wrong because in English "ai" doesn't usually make a long i sound so everyone would see Rain-er either way. Rayner just doesn't look as nice at all.
Originally Posted by daisy451
To the poster who said it sound made up and trendy, that's a bit what I was worried about but the more I think about the more I feel like it fits in with names like that without exactly belonging to that group. Where I live I think a Rainer would fit in better than Raymond (although I still adore Raymond) and I'm becoming really attached to Ray, which I think would fit in fine too. Plus, it is a real name with a long history of use.
Any more thoughts are welcome. What image do you get of a boy named Rainer? Is it okay that I'm not using the original pronunciation for this spelling?
I prefer Raymond, but if you were to use Rainer and pronounce it like Rayner, I'd try to pronounce it "Rye-ner" and when I found out it was supposed to be pronounced differently, I'd assume the parents read it somewhere, didn't know the pronunciation, and weren't capable of looking it up before they chose their own made-up pronunciation for their son.
Then again, lots of names eventually end up with an English/foreign pronunciation and become widely used in English speaking countries, so most people might find it ok.
I prefer Raymond with nn Ray.