Ray name meaning

First Name
in the U.S.
since 1880
Last Name
in the U.S.
in 2010

Meaning and Origin

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Origin and Meaning of Ray

User Submitted Origins

Indian (Sanskrit)

User Submitted Meanings

  1. A user from Georgia, U.S. says the name Ray means "Fire/Light/Beem of light".
  2. According to a user from the United Kingdom, the name Ray means "'fire or light' and is normally a gender neutral name".
  3. According to 2 people from Philippines and the United Arab Emirates, the name Ray means "Light".
  4. A submission from Oklahoma, U.S. says the name Ray means "Beam of light" and is of English origin.
  5. According to a user from Ohio, U.S., the name Ray is of French origin and means "Wise & mighty protector".
  6. According to a user from Texas, U.S., the name Ray is of Indian (Sanskrit) origin and means "King".
  7. A user from Nevada, U.S. says the name Ray is of French origin and means "Regal".
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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
verb Ray
  1. To array.(Obs)
  2. To mark, stain, or soil; to streak; to defile.(Obs)"The filth that did it ray." [Spenser.]

Etymology: An aphetic form of array; cf. Beray

noun Ray
Array; order; arrangement; dress.
noun Ray
  1. One of a number of lines or parts diverging from a common point or center, like the radii of a circle; as, a star of six rays .
  2. [Bot] A radiating part of a flower or plant; the marginal florets of a compound flower, as an aster or a sunflower; one of the pedicels of an umbel or other circular flower cluster; radius. See Radius.
  3. [Zoöl]
    1. One of the radiating spines, or cartilages, supporting the fins of fishes.
    2. One of the spheromeres of a radiate, especially one of the arms of a starfish or an ophiuran.
  4. [Physics]
    1. A line of light or heat proceeding from a radiant or reflecting point; a single element of light or heat propagated continuously; as, a solar ray; a polarized ray.
    2. One of the component elements of the total radiation from a body; any definite or limited portion of the spectrum; as, the red ray; the violet ray. See Illust. under Light.
  5. Sight; perception; vision; -- from an old theory of vision, that sight was something which proceeded from the eye to the object seen."All eyes direct their rays On him, and crowds turn coxcombs as they gaze." [Pope.]
  6. [Geom] One of a system of diverging lines passing through a point, and regarded as extending indefinitely in both directions. See Half-ray.

Etymology: OF. rai, F. rais, fr. L. radius a beam or ray, staff, rod, spoke of a wheel. Cf. Radius

verb Ray
  1. To mark with long lines; to streak.(Obs)
  2. Etymology: From Ray (n.)

    To send forth or shoot out; to cause to shine out; as, to ray smiles.(R)

Etymology: Cf. OF. raier raiier rayer, L. radiare to irradiate. See Ray (n.), and cf. Radiate

verb Ray
To shine, as with rays.
noun Ray
Any one of numerous elasmobranch fishes of the order Raiæ, including the skates, torpedoes, sawfishes, etc.In a restricted sense, any of the broad, flat, narrow-tailed species, as the skates and sting rays. See Skate.

Etymology: F. raie, L. raia. Cf. Roach

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. Cartilaginous fishes having horizontally flattened bodies and enlarged winglike pectoral fins with gills on the underside; most swim by moving the pectoral fins
  2. Any of the stiff bony spines in the fin of a fish
  3. The syllable naming the second (supertonic) note of any major scale in solmization
  4. A column of light (as from a beacon)
  5. A group of nearly parallel lines of electromagnetic radiation
  6. A branch of an umbel or an umbelliform inflorescence
  7. (mathematics) a straight line extending from a point
  8. Expose to radiation
  9. Extend or spread outward from a center or focus or inward towards a center
  10. Emit as rays ("That tower rays a laser beam for miles across the sky")

From Persian ری‎ (Rey), from Middle Persian, from Old Persian 𐎼𐎥𐎠 (Ragā), a Median district. Compare Akkadian 𒊏𒂵𒀪 (ra-ga-'), Elamite 𒊩𒋡𒀭 (rák-ka4-an) (loc.), Ancient Greek Ῥάγαι (Rhágai), Latin Rhagae, Rhaganae, Iranian borrowings.

  1. A city near Tehran, Iran.

    Ray was also found in the following language(s): Cebuano

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    Notable Persons With the Last Name Ray

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    Rachael Ray

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    Man Ray

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    James Arthur Ray

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    Ethnicity Distribution

    Ethnicity Ray U.S.
      White 74.97% 64.26%
      African American 17.54% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 1.94% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.93% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 2.05% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 2.56% 16.26%

    Of Last Name Ray

    People with the last name Ray are most frequently White or African American

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    Fun Facts about the name Ray

  1. What name lists does Ray rank for?
  2. How Popular is the name Ray? Ray is the 368th most popular name of all time. As a last name Ray was the 220th most popular name in 2010.
  3. How many people with the first name Ray have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 208,216 babies born with the first name Ray in the United States. That's more than enough people named Ray to occupy the country of Samoa with an estimated population of 186,340 (as of November 7, 2011).
  4. What year were 5 or more babies first named Ray? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1880 when it was given as a first name to 150 new born babies.
  5. When was Ray first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Ray is Thursday, March 5th, 1846.
  6. What year had the most people named Ray born? The highest recorded use of the first name Ray was in 1957 with a total of 3,410 babies. That's a lot of babies named Ray!
  7. Random Ray Factoid: According to the 1920 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Ray ranks 50th in popularity as a baby boy's name in Texas. Imagine that, 201 babies in Texas have the same name in 1920.
  8. Weird things about the name Ray: The name spelled backwards is Yar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Ary. How do you pronounce that?
  9. How many people have the last name Ray? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 133,171 people with the last name Ray.
  10. How likely are you to meet someone with the last name of Ray? Ray was ranked as the 220th most popular last name but is still less than 0.1% of the population!
  11. Ray name meaning

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