Diminutive of Raymond
"wise protector"

Ray Origin and Meaning

The name Ray is a boy's name meaning "wise protector".

Ray, still and forever, is one of the all-time hippest boys' names, with its jazzy Ray Charles biopic overtones. It's one of the coolest middle names), but works perfectly fine as a first.

The list of noteworthy Rays who have brought glory to their nickname name goes on forever—Bradbury, Romano, Milland (born Alfred), Liotta, and Goulding, to name just a few. Ray might still be short for Raymond or a more unusual formal name such as Rainier or Rayford, but it can also stand on its own.

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Famous People Named Ray

  • Raymond Albert "Ray" RomanoAmerican actor and comedian
  • Ray ToroAmerican musician and guitarist
  • Ray CharlesAmerican musician
  • Ray MillandWelsh actor
  • Ray BradburyAmerican author
  • Ray EdwardsAmerican football player
  • Ray LewisAmerican football player
  • Ray RiceAmerican football player
  • Ray BolgerAmerican actor known for the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz
  • Stephen "Stevie" Ray VaughnAmerican singer,songwriter
  • Billy Ray CyrusAmerican musician and starred in Disney's Hannah Montana
  • Ray DaviesEnglish musician and The Kinks frontman

Ray in Pop Culture

  • Robby Ray Stewartcharacter in series "Hannah Montana"
  • Ray Browerunseen character in the film "Stand By Me" based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King
  • Raycharacter from the "Left Behind" series
  • Raycharacter in series one and two of "Girls" (Lena Dunham)
  • Ray Brennanfrom TV series "Las Vegas"
  • Ray Stantzcharacter in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, played by Dan Aykroyd
  • Ray Crisp/Cartercharacter in Marvel Universe
  • Ray Bronsonfrom movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
  • Ray Wilkinscharacter from Scary Movie
  • Ray Palmer aka Atomcharacter in DC Universe
  • Raycharacter in the film "Hidden"
  • Mr. Rayspotted eagle ray in Pixar's "Finding Nemo" and "Finding Dory"
  • Ray Dimeoawkward nerdy son from TV series 'Speechless'
  • Raythe name of one of the personalities of a character from visual novel game "Mystic Messenger"
  • Ray Ferrierlead character in 2005 film "War of the Worlds"
  • Raymain character in the manga/anime series "The Promised Neverland"

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