Gender: Female Meaning of Rae: "ewe" Origin of Rae: 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.

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Madelyn Says:


I think Rae would be a great nickname for Rafaela/Raphaela. I'm wondering if Rae/Ray/Rey will become more popular for girls because of "Star Wars: The Force Awakens." She's a pretty cool namesake. :)

summerrae Says:


same here!

The_Supernatural_Hufflepuff Says:


This is my middle name and I love it :)

ldougie Says:


I think this would be a fab middle name.