English, diminutive of Rachel

Rae Origin and Meaning

The name Rae is a girl's name of Hebrew, English origin meaning "ewe".

All the old ae/ay middle names for girls are back--Kay, Fay, Mae/May, --and Rae is one of the coolest, used as such by celebrities as Mark Wahlberg and Daniel Baldwin. Even more popular in the celebrisphere is the jazzy Ray spelling: among those who used it as their daughters' middles are Bruce Willis, Dermot Mulroney, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard, Uma Thurman and Lee Lee Sobieski.

But Rae is perfectly capable of standing on her own, as in Rae Dawn Chong; it was in the Top 500 in the first two decades of the twentieth century.

# 948 in the US

Rae Rank in US Top 1000

# 421 on Nameberry

Rae Rank in Nameberry Top 1000

Rae Popularity

Famous People Named Rae

  • Rae Dawn ChongCanadian actress
  • Rae RitkeAmerican actress
  • Rae Allen (born Raffaella Julia Theresa Abruzzo)American actress
  • Rae ArmantroutAmerican poet
  • Rae BakerEnglish actress
  • Rae CarsonAmerican novelist
  • Rachel "Rae" EarlEnglish broadcaster and novelist
  • Rae HendrieScottish actress
  • Rae WoodlandEnglish operatic soprano
  • Carly Rae JepsenCanadian singer
  • Kaye Lani Rae RafkoMiss America 1988
  • JoIssa Rae Diop, birth name of Issa Rae, American actress and director
  • Charlotte Rae (Lubotsky)American character actress
  • Corinne Jacqueline Bailey RaeBritish singer,songwriter
  • Rae Williamsdaughter of TV journalist Juan Williams
  • Hayley Rae Wyldedaughter of musician Zakk Wylde
  • Indy Rae Johnstondaughter of Levi Johnston and Sunny Oglesby
  • Wylda Rae TaylorJohnson, daughter of actor Aaron Taylor,Johnson and British artist Sam Taylor,Johnson

Rae in Pop Culture

  • Rae Wilsoncharacter on British soap "Hollyoaks"
  • Rae Cummingscharacter on American soap "One Life to Live"
  • Rae Earlmain character on British TV series 'My Mad Fat Diary'
  • Norma Rae Webstermain character in 1979 film "Norma Rae"
  • Stevie Rae Johnsona main character from the 'House Of Night' series
  • Raven "Rae" character on TV's "That's so Raven"
  • Hot Chelle RaeU.S. pop,rock band
  • Delta Raefolk rock band
  • "Jasey Rae" song by All Time Low