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Meaning and Origin of: Ray

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First name origins & meanings:

  • Hebrew : Little lamb, ewe; one with purity
  • Scottish : Grace
  • English : Doe
  • German : Wise protection
  • Latin : Ruler
  • Hebrew : My song, my lord
  • Old English : Doe
  • French : Kingly

Last name origin & meaning:

  • English (of Norman origin) : nickname denoting someone who behaved in a regal fashion or who had earned the title in some contest of skill or by presiding over festivities, from Old French rey, roy ‘king’. Occasionally this was used as a personal name.
  • English : nickname for a timid person, from Middle English ray ‘female roe deer’ or northern Middle English ray ‘roebuck’.
  • English : variant of Rye (1 and 2).
  • English : habitational name, a variant spelling of Wray.
  • Scottish : reduced and altered form of McRae.
  • French : from a noun derivative of Old French raier ‘to gush, stream, or pour’, hence a topographic name for someone who lived near a spring or rushing stream, or a habitational name from a place called Ray.
  • Indian : variant of Rai.

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