Gender: Male Meaning of Ray: "wise protector" Origin of Ray: Diminutive of Raymond Ray's Popularity in 2019: #741

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.

16 names similar to Ray

These 16 names were selected by our users that were looking for other names like Ray. If you didn't find an alternative name that you like better than Ray, try our name generator. It allows you to go beyond the similarities of a name, which can provide a lot of inspiration!

Find other names based on Ray using our baby name generator.


Rank in US: #741

- this week

Famous People Named Ray

Pop Culture References for the name Ray

Raye, Rai, Rae, Rai, Raye, Reigh


Azi*Cwater Says:


I think that character is called "Raj"

Clarissa. Says:


I heard from this name through the 'new' series 90210 - Beverly Hills; it's the boy who get married with Ivy because he have cancer. I think this Name is pretty unique and fascinating, because they pronounce the name like "r-aa-sch" .. it's in kind of weirdness pretty unique I think.