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Quick Facts on Ray

  • Gender:
  • Boy
  • Origin:
  • English
  • Number of syllables:
  • 1
  • Ranking popularity:
  • 676
Simple meaning:
Wise counsel, Protective advice

Characteristics of Ray

  • Authoritative
  • Powerful
  • Tough
  • Tenacious
  • Wealthy
  • Problem-solver
  • Achiever

Etymology & Historical Origin - Ray

Ray is the English short form of Raymond. The name Raymond has Germanic roots from the element “ragin” meaning “advice, counsel” and “mund” meaning “protector”. It probably began as a personal name among ancient Germanic tribes for men who provided protection through wise counsel. The Germanic Raimund was eventually adopted by the French Normans who would introduce it to England in the Middle Ages where it was anglicized to Raymond. The name went out of style in modern times but was revived again in the mid-19th century. Ray remains a short form of Raymond, but it could also be used for other more modern “Ray” masculine names such as Rayan, Raylan and Rayden (or even the female Rayna).

Popularity of the Name Ray

Ray has enjoyed a place on the U.S. male naming charts for well over a century. The height of his popularity came a long time ago around the turn of the 20th century. Between 1880 and 1948 Ray was actually a Top 100 choice for boys as an independently given name reaching his peak popularity in 1891 at #49 on the charts. As the latter half of the 20th century continued, however, Ray started to go out of style slowly but surely. In fact, Ray is at the lowest point on the charts right now, barely bestowed upon 300 baby boys per year. New more modern and stylistically American names such as Raylan and Rayden have recently popped onto the charts and already seem to be replacing the simplistic one-syllable Ray. Ray has become a little too ho-hum by today’s naming fashions. Perhaps better as a nickname (i.e., Billy Ray Cyrus). The association with a “ray” of sunlight does brighten up an otherwise minimalistic name.
Popularity of the Boy Name Ray
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Cultural References to the Baby Name - Ray

  • Literary Characters of the baby name Ray

    Literary Characters of the Baby Name Ray

    Ray We cannot find any significant literary characters with the first name Ray.

  • Popular Songs on Ray

    Popular Songs on Ray

    A Ray of Sunshine - a song by Wham!

    D Ray White - a song by Hank Williams III [explicit]

    Dry Cleaning Ray - a song by No-Man

    It's a Shame About Ray - a song by The Lemonheads

    Ray - a song by Aimee Mann

    Ray of Hope - a song by The Rascals

    Ray of Light - a song by Madonna

    Ray-Gun - a song by Thin Lizzy

    Set the Ray to Jerry - a song by Smashing Pumpkins

    Sister Ray - a song by Velvet Underground

    Sugar Ray - a song by Jesus and Mary Chain

    UV Ray - a song by Jesus and Mary Chain

    Worried About Ray - a song by The Hoosiers

  • Children's Books on the Baby Name Ray

    Children's Books on the Baby Name Ray

    Grandpa Ray's Adventure Stories for Children (Ray Hankes) - Grandpa Ray tells fun, scary, and humorous stories to children. Based on tales he extemporaneously recited to his own grandchildren, Grandpa Ray’s Adventure Stories for Children explores the great outdoors and an entire, wild cast of wonderful characters. Two birds build a new nest in an old barn while watching out for a wily cat. A frisky squirrel is nearly undone by his love for red Gummy Bears, and a one-eared kicking mule in California has a real adventure. Children will love the delightful tales, filled with all kinds of animal lore and adventure, but adults will also appreciate the wise and winsome lessons in each tale. Beautifully written and warmly told, Grandpa Ray’s Adventure Stories for Children proves that life is an adventure, and family is the most important thing of all. These spectacular stories prove that even when life thrusts a storm in your path, with hope, ingenuity, and love, you can conquer any adversity. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Mister Ray (Adam Perry) - In the middle of the desert is a building that the government denies exists. It has been called many names. Dreamland. Groom Lake. Area 51. Most people assume that there are aliens inside the building. They are wrong. When an unfortunate mix-up sends a grocery store janitor named Mister Ray into the middle of the conspiracy, it's up to him to uncover the truth and reveal what's really going on at the most secretive place in the world. Recommended for ages 13+

    Ray & Me (Dan Gutman) - What would you do if you had a chance to save someone's life? When Stosh gets hit on the head with a baseball, he's lucky to survive. Then he learns about another player who wasn't so lucky—Ray Chapman, the only player in major league history to get hit by a pitched ball and die. Can Stosh use his time-traveling abilities to save Ray Chapman's life, and the reputation of the pitcher who threw the ball? He's going to try! Along the way, he'll meet Babe Ruth, Tris Speaker, and even Harry Houdini. But when Stosh falls into a Houdini-level trap, the question isn't just whether he can save Ray—but whether he can escape from 1920. Recommended for ages 10-14.

    Ray (Barbara Berg Seuffert) - “There’s a mouse at our house. He's small and he’s gray. His eyes are black and his name is Ray.” So begins writer/illustrator Barbara Berg Seuffert's charming book about a rascally little mouse. Ray, a very impish little guy, is the nemesis of poor, harried Gramma, who just wants him gone. Will Gramma have her way? Or will the little mischief making mouse convince Gramma to keep him around? Or perhaps they will both learn a valuable lesson about life and one another. Don’t miss out on Ray’s perils and triumphs in this small but fascinating adventure. Seuffert's enchanting second book offers all the joys and delights of her first, complemented by clever, artful illustrations that will bring smiles to readers of all ages. Recommended for ages 4-8.

    Ray (Erik Winkelsberg) - A fairy tale, a coming of age story, a hero's journey, boy meets girl, betrayal and catastrophe but above all "RAY" is a timeless reflection on human nature and the potential that it holds. RAY is a boy, born in ancient times under peculiar circumstances to the most unlikely parents. Before he finds out who his parents are, fate takes him on a journey beyond his dreams. While evil forces conspire against him he is betrayed by his true love, falls into a bottomless abyss and follows his love to the underworld only to find his true nature and origin revealed through his selfless actions. RAY is a good read. It is short, gripping and appealing to all age groups. Anyone with a human heart will immediately connect with RAY's spirit. This is an easy read yet there's more to it than meets the eye at first sight. Kindle edition. Recommended as a read-aloud for children 5+

    Ray Charles (Sharon Bell Mathis) - As a young boy he fell in love with music, and as a man, the world fell in love with his music. Ray Charles and his soulful, passionate rhythms and melodies have been embraced around the world for decades. Now, in this beautiful new edition of an award-winning biography, readers can follow Charles from his boyhood, when he lost his sight and learned to read and write music in Braille, until the age of 40, when he had become a world-renowned jazz and blues musician packing auditoriums and stadiums. And in a new introduction and afterword, the author updates Charles’s life to the present. Recommended for ages 8-12.

    Ray, reflected (Eric Elkins) - I'm not sure how things got so crazy, but I think it all started with me trying to find my yellow flip-flop with the green stripe. We had a week left before middle school started, and I was hoping to accomplish a few things before I became a seventh grader: 1. Spread peanut butter on my little sister's face and call the dog to lick it off. 2. Beat Sam at Madden at least once. 3. Manage to say more than "hey" to Florence. 4. Read every single Captain Underpants book. 5. Catch one good wave at Steamer Lane without wiping out. Sure, it's not a very ambitious list, but if you live in the beautiful and weird surf town of Santa Cruz, California, well, your parents' custody schedule, your dog who eats everything, your two best friends, a mysterious gold Corvette, and even a ghost or two can really get in the way. School starts in a week. I am so not ready. Recommended for ages 12+

    Raymie, Dickie, and the Bean: Why I Love and Hate My Brothers (Ray Romano) - Everybody might love Raymond now, but when Ray Romano was ten years old, he & his brothers didn't always get along. Raymie has two brothers, Dickie & the Bean. One day Raymie's family takes a trip to the amusement park. Raymie & Dickie can t wait to ride the vomitizer because it s the scariest ride in the whole park. But first Mom makes them ride on Chuckie the Choo-Choo with Bean. Raymie knows that when you have brothers, things never go exactly how you expect them to, even when you give them noogie after noogie to drive the point home. But in this funny family tale we find out that Ray Romano loves his brothers -- & everybody loves Raymie! Includes illustrations and a CD. Recommended for ages 4-7.

    The Day Ray Got Away (Angela Johnson) - Ray is a parade balloon who longs to float far above the crowd, no strings attached. It’s his dream to fly on his own, though circumstances always seem to tie him down. But Ray is determined to achieve his goal, and with persistence and determination he manages to break free and soar through the skies. Readers will cheer for Ray’s triumph and delight in the joyful parade scenes—you’ll never look at a parade balloon the same way again! Recommended for ages 5-8.

  • Famous People Named Ray

    Famous People Named Ray

    Famous People Named Ray - Ray Charles (musician); Ray Bradbury (sci-fi author); Ray Romano (comedian/actor); "Sugar" Ray Leonard (boxer); Ray Liotta (actor); Ray Davies (musician); Ray Allen (b. Walter Ray Allen, basketball player); Ray Emery (hockey player); Ray Lewis (football player); Ray Combs (game show host)

  • Children of Famous People Named Ray

    Children of Famous People Named Ray

    Famous People Who Named Their Son Ray - Sugar Ray Leonard (boxer)

Personality of the Boy Name Ray

The number Eight personality has everything to do with power, wealth and abundance. Somehow, this personality has been blessed on the material plane, but their authoritative and problem-solving traits provide evidence that their good fortunes are not just the luck of the lottery. They are well earned. This is the personality of CEOs and high-ranking military personnel. Eights are intensely active, hard-driving individuals. Success is only meaningful to them after a job well-done.  They are remarkable in their ability to see the larger picture right down to the smallest details, and organize a strategy around success. They then have the ability to direct a group around them toward any goal, and realize individual potential to get the most out of their team.

Variations of the Baby Name - Ray

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