Rayleigh name meaning

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Origin and Meaning of Rayleigh

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User Submitted Meanings

  1. According to a user from Philippines, the name Rayleigh is of English origin and means "Right hand af king".
  2. A submission from Philippines says the name Rayleigh means "Right hand of king" and is of English origin.
  3. A submission from Illinois, U.S. says the name Rayleigh means "Rye woods".
  4. A submission from Arkansas, U.S. says the name Rayleigh means "well advised protector" and is of Hebrew origin.
  5. A submission from California, U.S. says the name Rayleigh means "Warrior of the night, survivor of the worst" and is of English origin.
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  1. English physicist who studied the density of gases and discovered argon; made important contributions to acoustic theory (1842-1919)

For Lord Rayleigh, English physicist

  1. (physics, astronomy) A unit of brightness (of the sky at night) equal to 1010/4π quanta per square meter per second per steradian

Notable Persons Named Rayleigh

Notable Persons Named Rayleigh

Rayleigh Kirby Godsey

Rayleigh was born on April 2nd, 1936.


Notable Persons With the Last Name Rayleigh

Notable Persons With the Last Name Rayleigh

The Lord Rayleigh

The Lord Rayleigh was a scientist in the field of physics. The was born on November 12th, 1842 in Langford Grove, Maldon, Essex, England. He died on June 30th, 1919.

Charlotte Strutt, 1st Baroness Rayleigh

Charlotte was born on May 29th, 1758. She breathed her last breath on September 13th, 1836.


Fun Facts about the name Rayleigh

  • How Popular is the name Rayleigh? Rayleigh is the 6,868th most popular name of all time.
  • How many people with the first name Rayleigh have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2019, the Social Security Administration has recorded 2,059 babies born with the first name Rayleigh in the United States. That's more than enough people named Rayleigh to occupy the territory of Christmas Island (Australia) with an estimated population of 1,462 (as of June 30, 2010).
  • What year were 5 or more babies first named Rayleigh? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1995 when it was given as a first name to 7 new born babies.
  • When was Rayleigh first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Rayleigh is Sunday, September 19th, 1982.
  • What year had the most people named Rayleigh born? The highest recorded use of the first name Rayleigh was in 2018 with a total of 189 babies.
  • Random Rayleigh Factoid: According to the 2015 U.S. Social Security Administration data, the first name Rayleigh is not a popular baby girl's name in Oklahoma. Imagine that, only 7 babies in Oklahoma have the same name in 2015.
  • Weird things about the name Rayleigh: The name spelled backwards is Hgielyar. A random rearrangement of the letters in the name (anagram) will give Aergyhil. How do you pronounce that?
  • Rayleigh name meaning

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