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See also: ray and rầy


Etymology 1[edit]

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  1. A surname from a Middle English nickname meaning a king or a roe.
  2. A diminutive of the male given name Raymond, also used as a formal given name.
    • 1980 Wright Morris, Plains Song, for Female Voices, Harper&Row, ISBN 0060130474, page 113:
      - , or Raymond if it happened to be a boy, choosing it in the hope that a name like Ray would make a boy's life easier.
    • 2005 Sam Weller, The Bradbury Chronicles: The Life of Ray Bradbury, William Morrow, ISBN 006054581X, page 12
      Although the name on his birth certificate was spelled "Ray", Ray said he was originally given the name "Rae" after Rae Williams, a cousin on his father's side.
  3. A diminutive of the female given name Rachel, more often spelled Rae.

Etymology 2[edit]

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

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  1. A city near Tehran, Iran.