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Gender: M Meaning of Ray: "wise protector" Origin of Ray: Diminutive of Raymond Ray's Popularity in 2015: #713

Ray, still and forever, is one of the all-time hippest names, with its jazzy Ray Charles biopic overtones. It makes a cool middle name (as Rae does for girls), 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.

Famous People Named Ray

Raymond Albert "Ray" Romano, American actor and comedian
Ray Toro, American musician and guitarist
Ray Charles, American musician
Ray Milland, Welsh actor
Ray Bradbury, American author
Ray Edwards, American football player
Ray Lewis, American football player
Ray Rice, American football player
Ray Bolger, American actor known for the Scarecrow in Wizard of Oz
Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughn-American singer-songwriter
Billy Ray Cyrus- American musician and starred in Disney's Hannah Montana

Pop Culture References for the name Ray

Ray Brower, unseen character in the film "Stand By Me" based on the novella "The Body" by Stephen King
Character from the "Left Behind" series
Character in series 1 and 2 of Girls (Lena Dunham)
Ray Brennan, from TV series "Las Vegas"
Ray Stantz, character in Ghostbusters and Ghostbusters II, played by Dan Aykroyd
Ray Crisp, the X-man Bezerker
Ray Bronson, from movie "I Know What You Did Last Summer"
Ray Wilkins, character from Scary Movie
Ray Palmer aka Atom, character on TV's "Arrow" and "Legends of Tomorrow"

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